UP farmer’s bank account seized, alleged as Vijay Mallya’s ‘guarantor’


Pilibhit. A nationalized bank has seized the account of Manmohan Singh, a farmer, for being a ‘guarantor’ to liquor tycoon Vijay Mallya, who is entangled in the chargers of money laundering.

Singh being a farmer in Khajuria village of Pilibhit went to the bank to deposit the money where he was informed about the same. He said, “I went bank to deposit 4 lakh but the bank refused to accept the money saying my account has been seized. The bank manager said I have taken a guarantee for Kingfisher company but I don’t’ even know about this company.

He also said that the action by the bank has deprived him of availing basic facilities including receiving of MSP because payment for that is directly made to the bank account, which is frozen.

The branch manager of Bank of Baroda’s Naand branch, Mange Ram, told they have got a mail from the Mumbai regional office in this regard.

“We got a mail from our Nariman Point branch that the name of Manmohan Singh has been seen in the list of borrower granter’s list and as per instruction, we froze his account. They sent us the name and account number,” Mange Ram said.

When asked about the credits Singh has taken from the bank, Ram said the former has taken a loan of Rs. 5 lakh.

“Singh came here to deposit money and I told him that he can deposit money but can’t withdraw it,” he added. The bank, however, has not clarified to him how his name came up in connection with Mallya in the first place.

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is set to conduct a forensic audit of Mallya’s related companies’ accounts, to collect money trail details in connection with the Rs 6,963 crore borrowed by him and his now-defunct Kingfisher Airlines.