TV channel’s top men held for forgery

Two directors of a Bhojpuri TV channel have been arrested by the CBI in a case of alleged forgery to secure bank loans of nearly Rs 100 crore and were on Monday remanded in judicial custody for two weeks.

Acting on the complaint of three nationalised banks, the CBI arrested Mahuaa channel directors P K Tewari and Anand Tewari for allegedly producing fake invoices and Chartered Accountant certificates to secure Rs 34 crore loan from each of the three banks, agency sources said.

‘They were apprehended on 18 July and were produced before the CBI court on 19 July,’ the CBI spokesperson said.

Special CBI Judge Swarana Kanta Sharma remanded the two men to judicial custody till 4 August after the CBI said they were not required for further custodial interrogation. ‘We didn’t seek their further custody as we didn’t need it and they were sent to judicial custody,’ the spokesperson.

The agency registered the case in January this year on the complaints of the three banks - Bank of Baroda, Punjab National Bank and Union Bank of India which were cheated allegedly by the directors. ‘We had got separate complaints from the three banks that they have been duped by the same modus operandi and we registered a case in this regard,’ the CBI said.
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