New Delhi: The CBI on Tuesday arrested the 48-year-old vice president of the Gitanjali Group of Companies in the alleged Rs 12,600 crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud case. During his remand hearing before the special CBI court later in the day, the investigating agency dubbed the accused Vipul Chitalia the “main protagonist of the fraud” and “brain behind the conspiracy” alongwith chairman and managing director, Mehul Choksi. Special judge SR Tamboli sent Chitalia to CBI custody until March 17.
Chitalia is the 19th accused to be arrested in the case. The CBI has registered two separate FIRs in the fraud and most of the accused are common in both the instances. The first FIR is against Nirav Modi, his wife Ami, brother Nishal and uncle Mehul Choksi along with others. The second FIR focused on Mehul Choksi, Gitanjali Gems and others.