Ex-ICICI Bank CEO Chanda Kochhar, husband arrested in loan fraud case


Former Bank CEO and her husband Deepak Kochhar were arrested by the CBI on Friday as part of its investigation into a money laundering case involving the bank and the Videocon Group.

59-year-old had allegedly favoured Videocon Group, a consumer electronics and oil and gas exploration compnay, in the bank’s lending policies. This led to her resignation as CEO and managing director of Bank in October 2018.

She has been charged with criminal conspiracy and cheating by the CBI for suspected irregularities in a loan of Rs 3,250 crore made to the Videocon Group in 2012 that turned into a non-performing asset for the Bank.

According to a whistleblower, the transactions benefited Kochhar, her family members.

In 2019, ICICI declared that it will classify Kochhar’s departure as “termination for cause” because she had broken the bank’s code of conduct and internal standards.

Kochhar, who spent more than three decades working for India’s third-largest lender and rose up the ranks to become one of the most powerful woman bankers, has denied any wrongdoing.

“I reiterate that none of the credit decisions at the bank are unilateral … the organisation design and structure obviate the possibility of conflict of interest,” she had said in a statement.


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