Body of former accountant manager of Cox & Kings found, police suspect a case of death by suicide

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Mumbai: The physique of Sagar Deshpande, an erstwhile accountant supervisor with Cox & Kings (India), who went lacking on October 11 was recognized by his relations earlier within the day.

On October 9, Deshpande was questioned by the Mumbai Police’s Financial Offences Wing in reference to a case registered by Kotak Mahindra financial institution towards the promoters and different former administrators of the now bancrupt journey and tour firm.

Whereas Desphande was questioned within the capability of a witness within the stated case, he was named within the first data report (FIR) registered by promoter, Ajiay Ajit Peter Kerkar, supply near the event informed
ET.

In response to the Kalyan Authorities Railway Police (GRP), a case of unintended demise register (ADR) was lodged on October 12. “We couldn’t determine the physique as there was no id on him. The knowledge on the unidentified physique was shared with the Thane police. The Navpada police station that comes below Thane police had registered a lacking criticism on Deshpande and after they learnt concerning the unidentified physique earlier within the day they despatched a group together with Desphande’s relations. After they recognized the physique, the formalities have been accomplished and the physique was handed over to them” stated Kalyan GRP senior police inspector, Valmiki Shardul. “ There was no suicide observe discovered on him. We suspect this to be a case of demise by suicide,” Shardul added.

In response to sources, Deshpande was tensed when he was questioned by the EOW and was presuming that he too may very well be arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) which is probing CKL in a cash laundering case linked to Sure Financial institution Ltd.

“On October 6, the ED had arrested the previous CFO, Anil Khandelwal and the corporate’s auditor Naresh Jain, when Deshpande was known as in by the Mumbai Police to affix the investigation within the Kotak Mahindra financial institution matter, he seemed tensed. He saved on repeating that he fears he could be subsequent within the line of arrest by ED,” stated a senior Mumbai police officer. “He didn’t report his assertion citing he couldn’t recall the info and would return with the paperwork on a later date,” added the official.

CKL is locked in a bitter battle with the promoters, banks and the erstwhile administration lodging criss-cross complaints towards one another.

Kerkar, the promoter of CKL, has lodged two FIRs with the Mumbai Police alleging that the previous prime key managerial individuals (KMPs) allegedly diverted funds inflicting a possible lack of Rs 5,564 crore to the Cox & Kings Group. The FIRs names the previous CFO Anil Khandelwal, senior account supervisor Sagar Desphande, firm secretary Rashmi Jain, inside auditor Naresh Jain, SSG Capital, and its group firms, together with promoter Shyam Maheshwari. Kerkar additionally named six banks within the FIR for allegedly “serving to (these named within the FIR) in committing the offences and masking up their felony acts in lieu of kickbacks within the type of fee and performance-based incentives from banks,” the criticism reviewed by ET confirmed.

On the opposite Kotak Mahindra financial institution, in its criticism,has alleged a fraud of over Rs 170 crore by the promoters and erstwhile administrators of CKL. Town police had lately searched the places of work and residence of Kerkar, Khandelwal and a few former administrators.

Primarily based on the Mumbai Police’s request a glance out round (LoC) has been issued towards Kerkar, Khandelwal and two others to stop them from leaving the nation.

Aside from the town police, the Enforcement Directorate is probing them in reference to a cash laundering case within the fraud prompted to Sure Financial institution. On October 6, the federal company had arrested Khandelwal and inside auditor Naresh Jain.

Cox & Kings and its group firms owe Rs 3,642 crore to the personal financial institution.

The ED’s probe revealed that gross sales of Rs 3,908 crore have been allegedly made to 15 non-existent or fictitious clients between 2015 and 2019. The probe additionally revealed that the corporate allegedly created a number of layers of onshore and offshore subsidiaries and borrowed greater than Rs 3,000 crore from Sure Financial institution and fraudulently diverted enormous quantities to entities beneficially owned by the promoters, the ED stated in an earlier press launch.

One other 147 clients gave the impression to be not-existent. Cox & Kings has, with out board approval, diverted Rs 1,100 crore to a pressured firm with which it has no enterprise relationship, the ED stated.

In response to the federal company, Khandelwal and Jain allegedly acquired mortgaged property value Rs 63 crore in their very own enterprise entity, Reward Enterprise Options.

“This was with out paying a penny from their pocket. Khandelwal and Jain bought varied immovable properties from the funds diverted from CKL and its group companies,” the ED added.

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