The CBI on Tuesday arrested Vipul Chitalia, the vice president of Gitanjali Group of Companies, in the USD 2 billion PNB scam, who had escaped to Dubai in the first week of January before the fraud was reported by the public sector bank.
He was detained by the agency at the Mumbai airport when he returned to India, they said, adding that he was questioned at the CBI office here before his arrest.
Chitalia was produced before a special CBI court here in the afternoon. Judge S R Tamboli remanded him in CBI custody till March 17.
In addition to Chitalia, the CBI also took custody of Gokulnath Shetty, a retired deputy manager of the Punjab National Bank, in the FIR pertaining to businessman Mehul Choksi and Gitanjali group.
He was earlier sent to judicial custody in the FIR pertaining to Nirav Modi, they said.
The special court has now remanded him to CBI custody in the Gitanjali case till March 15 for questioning.
Chitalia had left the country for Dubai in the first week of January, as did the prime accused Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi.
"There was a look-out notice against him, hence the immigration officials detained him at the airport as soon as he arrived from Bangkok," an agency official said.
Special prosecutor A Limosin told the court that Chitalia reported directly to Choksi.
"Chitalia was instrumental in preparing applications for putting through the fraudulent transacti...