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Indian Tycoon Arrested After Hiding in Kenya for 10 Years

  • An Indian tycoon who had successfully evaded the South Asian country’s authorities by hiding in Nairobi was arrested upon touchdown in Mumbai, India.

    Leading Indian publications reported, on Sunday. March 27, that the businessman identified as Sanjay Radheylal Gupta was nabbed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in Mumbai upon arrival.

    He was wanted in the country after being accused of defrauding a bank Ksh312 million (₹20 crore) and a Red Corner Notice, as well as a Non-Bailable warrant of a Special CBI Court, were issued against him.

    “The accused in connivance allegedly deceived the Jamnagar Branch of Canara Bank during 2007-08 by submitting false transport documents for discounting the bills of Om Exim under ILC opened by Nova Shipping Pvt. Ltd., Jamanagr, and cheated the bank to the tune of â‚¹20 crore,†reads a statement from CBI.

    An aerial view of Mumbai City in India.

    At the height of the investigations in 2012, the tycoon is reported to have boarded a plane destined for Nairobi where he has been holed up.

    He was accused of the crime alongside OM Exim executive, Canara Bank manager as well as other officers. All the institutions operate in India.

    At the time, Gupta was the director of Nova Shipping Company which also operates in the South Asian country.

    “After investigation, a charge sheet was filed in the special CBI court at Mirzapur in Ahmedabad on December 24, 2013 against the eight accused,” added the CBI statement.

    It is, however, not clear what business he was running in Kenya for the 10 years since his arrival.

    This is the second arrest in a month touching on Individuals traveling from Kenya to India. Two Kenyans were, at the beginning of March, arrested by Indian security agencies after they were nabbed trying to sneak heroin valued at Ksh900 million (60 million Rupees) in one of the country’s airports.

    The duo had been arrested shortly after arriving at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport in the city of Ahmedabad.

    The operation was led by the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) which is the premier intelligence and enforcement agency of the Government of India on anti-smuggling matters.

    Entrance to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport in Ahmedabad, India.
    Entrance to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International (SVPI) Airport in Ahmedabad, India.

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