The Delhi High Court has granted bail to former MD and CEO of YES Bank, Rana Kapoor, in a money laundering case being probed by the Enforcement Directorate. The order was pronounced by Justice Sudhir Kumar Jain on the bail application by Kapoor. The case pertains to Enforcement Directorate’s probe against Gautam Thapar, Avantha Realty Ltd (ARL), Oyster Buildwell Pvt Ltd (OBPL), and several others alleging criminal breach of trust, cheating, criminal conspiracy, and forgery for diversion or misappropriation of public money during the 2017 to 2019 period.
In a PTI report, The agency had earlier told the trial court that the investigation revealed that approximately Rs 500 crore proceeds of crime were laundered through OBPL, Jhabua Power Limited (JPL), Jhabua Power Investment Ltd. (JPIL), Avantha Power and Infrastructure Ltd (APIL), ARL, etc. which were being controlled and beneficially owned directly or indirectly by Thapar.
The trial court had, in October last year, taken cognizance of ED’s prosecution complaint, an equivalent of a charge sheet, against the accused persons, saying there were sufficient grounds to proceed against them.