Patna,(BiharTimes): Deputy Chief Minister-cum-Finance Finister Sushil Kumar Modi, said on Monday that non-banking financial companies (NBFCs) have cheated Rs 20.38 crore from the people of Bihar in the last few years.
Replying to a short notice question of Arun Kumar of the BJP in the Assembly he said as per information provided by Directorate of Institutional Finance under the Department of Finance, 346 NBFCs swindled Rs 20.38 crore of the citizens of Bihar.
The deputy chief minister said the state government has recovered Rs 2.12 crore from the 19 non-banking financial companies and handed over the money to 1,232 depositors.
According to Modi competent courts are being set up on the instructions of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI). The promoters and directors of these banks are absconding. Some of the cases are pending in Delhi high court also.
The minister said there was no trace of most of these NBFCs. “Where should we go to catch their promoters?” he asked and named companies like Helios, JVG, and Badrika.
He said liquidation proceedings against some of them have been launched.
In reply to another question, Modi said gold and silver were being smuggled to the state capital through passenger trains. On January 10 this year, GRP Patna found silver and gold bars from one of the passengers. The GRP informed the commercial taxes and the income tax departments. The I-T department seized gold worth Rs 2.42 crore and the commercial taxes department seized silver worth Rs 6.18 lakh. The silver was purchased from Heera Panna Jewellers and gold from one Parasnath Rohatagi.
Modi explained that the role of state’s commercial taxes department was limited and it imposed penalty on silver. Any action on gold recovery would be taken by the I-T department. Commercial taxes department can impose penalty of one per cent of the value only on silver.