Special PMLA court grants bail to former ICICI Bank CEO

Background
Enforcement Directorate had filed a criminal case against Ms Kochhar, Mr Kochhar and Videocon Group’s Venugopal Dhoot accusung them of money laundering. The agency alleged irregularities and corrupt practices in the sanctioning of ₹ 1,875 crore in loans by ICICI Bank. The agency is also investigating two other loans granted by the bank with Kochhar at the helm of affairs. She was sacked in 2019 by the ICICI Bank.

In January, ED attached the properties worth Rs 78 crore belonging to her. Kochhar has been accused of misusing her position in the company and providing Rs 3,250 crore loan to the Videocon Group on a quid pro quo basis in 2012.

Present Matter

The special court for Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA) had summoned Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, Videocon Group promoter Venugopal Dhoot along with other accused on January 30 after taking cognisance of the charge sheet by enforcement directorate (ED).
Kocchar had appeared before the court and filed a bail plea through her lawyer Vijay Agarwal.

Held
She was granted bail on 12th Feb, 2020 by a special PMLA court on a bond of ₹ 5 lakh in connection to a money laundering case involving the ICICI bank and the Videocon group. The court has asked her not to leave the country without permission. Her husband Deepak Kochhar, however continues to remain in jail.

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