Blue Corner notice issued against Nirav Modi, Choksi

Priyanka Chopra in the

Priyanka Chopra in the

The bank has been scammed to the tune of Rs 12,700 crore by Modi and associates.

A Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) official in Delhi said arrested official Bishnubrata Mishra, who was Chief Manager/Internal Chief Auditor of the Punjab National Bank's Brady House branch in Mumbai from 2011 to 2015, was responsible for concurrent audit of the bank between 2011 to 2015.

An Income Tax department official said the Blue Corner notice, which is meant to locate, identify or obtain information on a person of interest in a criminal investigation, was issued by the Bureau of Immigration against the two which will be valid for a year starting 22 February at all ports of embarkation. The cabinet also made a decision to present a bill in parliament aimed at making it easier to seize properties of "fugitive economic offenders".

The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Firestar Group, which in turn is wholly owned by Synergies Corp.

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The value of "unauthorized transactions" at Punjab National Bank, one of the country's top state-run lenders, could rise by $204 million to around $2 billion, it said in a statement late on Monday.

Synergies is then wholly owned by Firestar Holdings Ltd, a Hong Kong corporation, itself wholly owned by Modi's Indian company Firestar International Ltd, according to the filing in the United States Bankruptcy Court of the Southern District of NY.

The CBI filed a second FIR on February 15 for Rs 4,886.72-crore fraud against Choksi's Gitanjali Group.

The IT Department had also attached four properties of the Nirav Modi group, including a farmhouse worth Rs 13 crore in Alibaug, and a 5.24 MW solar power plant worth Rs 70 crore in Ahmednagar.

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On Thursday the ministry said the public sector banks would consolidate 35 overseas operations, with another 69 being considered for consolidation.

According to locals, the effigy is a reflection of rampant corruption prevalent in the system that has allowed people like Nirav Modi, and many others before him, to defraud banks of thousands of crores.

He added, "Sixty-nine operations identified for further examination".

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