TV actor Anuj Saxena arrested in corruption case: CBI


New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation is probing role of actor/ model-cum-businessman Anuj Saxena, famous for his roles in TV soaps "Kkusum" and "Kumkum", in an alleged bribery case in which the agency has already arrested the director general of corporate affairs BK Bansal. The agency came to know about his involvement during investigation of Bansal, who was arrested on Saturday on allegations of receiving bribes.

Bansal along with Vishwadeep Bansal has been arrested for allegedly receiving Rs.9 lakh as bribes for extending favours to a corporate firm. The money change hands outside a Delhi hotel. The agency had registered an FIR against Saxena alleging that his company had bribed Bansal to ensure that he does not order an Serious Fraud Inspection Office inspection against his company Elder Pharmaceuticals for charges of illegal collection of Rs 175 crore from 24,000 investors, diverting funds to companies abroad, and not making returns on due time.

Anuj Saxena, named in FIR, is believed to be abroad. The agency came to know after they received complaints from Registrar of Companies in the Ministry of Corporate Affairs from investors who had alleged that Elder Pharmaceuticals has collected over Rs 175 crore from over 24,000 investors under Companies' Acceptance of Deposits Rule. The company had allegedly lured them offering attractive rates of interest ranging from 9.5 per cent to 11.5 per cent to investors on deposits ranging from a 12-36 month period.

Over 1000 such complaints were made to Registrars of Companies. The Ministry of Corporate Affairs instituted an inspection by Regional Director (West) Mumbai which claimed the company had allegedly not kept 15 per cent of deposits in liquid form, accepted Rs 138 crore from other companies which was akin to accepting deposits among other acts which were against law.

The ministry suspected alleged misuse and diversion of funds to subsidiary companies, joint venture companies and overseas entities. The report alleged that 9.8 million pounds were transferred to Elders International FZCO to purchase shared in British company Nutra Health PLC, 10 million Euros were transferred to Dubai-based subsidiary, three million Euros transferred to acquire a Bulgarian entity, an advance of GBP 1.9 lakh were given to a firm besides remittances to JV partners in Nepal, they said.

CBI has alleged that Saxena had allegedly sought the assistance of Delhi-based middleman Vishwadeep Bansal who was also working as their distributor in Delhi to get scuttle SFIO probe by bribing Bansal. “The Director General, Corporate Affairs allegedly demanded a bribe of Rs 50 lakh for not recommending investigation by the SFIO on the inspection report and finally, the Delhi-based middleman Vishwadeep negotiated Rs 20 lakh. 

The accused officer had earlier allegedly accepted Rs 11 lakh and was demanding the balance amount of Rs 9 lakh," CBI spokesperson said. The sources said during investigation they have found a draft letter rejecting the recommendation of SFIO inspection in the matter. The agency sources said they have found details of 60 bank accounts in the name of the DGCA, his wife and son in addition to 20 properties with paper value of over Rs 6 crore.