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PMC Bank scam: Former director S Surjit Singh Arora sent to police custody till October 22

Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank scam case accused and bank's former director S Surjit Singh Arora was on Thursday sent to police custody till October 22 by Mumbai's Esplanade court.

PMC Bank scam: Former director S Surjit Singh Arora sent to police custody till October 22

MUMBAI: Punjab and Maharashtra Co-operative (PMC) Bank scam case accused and bank's former director S Surjit Singh Arora was on Thursday sent to police custody till October 22 by Mumbai's Esplanade court.

PMC Bank's former Managing Director Joy Thomas was sent to sent to judicial custody for 14 days by Mumbai's Esplanade court.

Both Arora and Thomas were earlier produced before Mumbai's Esplanade court. 

Arora was on Wednesday arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Mumbai Police in connection with the bank scam case.

Prior to that, he was questioned by the EoW officials in the matter. 

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On Wednesday, a delegation of depositors of PMC Bank met Mumbai`s Commissioner of Police Sanjay Barve and demanded strict action against the culprits.

Last month, the RBI restricted the activities of the PMC Bank for six months and asked it to not grant or renew any loans and advances, make any investment or incur any liability, including borrowing of funds and acceptance of fresh deposits.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has seized and identified movable and immovable assets worth more than Rs 3,830 crore owned by Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) in connection with the case.

As many as two PMC Bank customers died within 24 hours, including one Fattomal Punjabi and a 51-year-old former employee of Jet Airways named Sanjay Gulati.

Their families have alleged that they were "under stress" over the crisis in PMC Bank. On Tuesday, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had said that he will take up the issue with the central government soon.

Earlier this week, a Mumbai court sent former PMC chairman Waryam Singh and HDIL promoters Rakesh Wadhawan and Sarang Wadhawan to the police custody in alleged connection with the bank fraud case.

The Esplanade court in Mumbai remanded the trio to police custody till October 16.

According to the police, PMC bank officials gave loans to HDIL between 2008 and 2019 despite no repayment of the previous loans. 

(With ANI inputs)