The Directorate of Enforcement has hooked up proceeds of crime value Rs 859.15 crore generated via accused individuals/entities by way of unlawful mortgage apps, Minister of State for Finance Bhagwat Karad stated on Tuesday.
Additional, belongings amounting to Rs 289.28 crore were seized underneath the International Alternate Control Act, 1999.
In a written respond to a question in Rajya Sabha, Karad stated Reserve Financial institution of India (RBI) has furnished the listing of Virtual Lending Apps (DLAs) being utilized by regulated entities of RBI to the Ministry of Electronics & Knowledge Era (MeitY).
MeitY has shared the listing with respective middleman (App Retail outlets) and asked them to make sure that handiest the apps figuring within the listing are hosted on their app shops.
The RBI’s virtual lending tips issued in September advises measures, together with due diligence of Mortgage Provider Suppliers (LSPs), direct disbursal of mortgage from checking account of lender to checking account of the borrower with none pass-through/pool or third-party account to keep away from layering.
To a query on how the federal government is addressing the problems of cash laundering by way of unlawful mortgage apps, Karad stated the Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has been entrusted to curb cash laundering underneath the provisions of PML Act, 2002. ED has initiated investigation underneath PMLA in different instances the place the proceeds of crime has been generated and bought via accused individuals/entities by way of unlawful mortgage apps.
“In those instances, as on date, proceeds of crime of Rs 2,116 crore (approx) has been known, out of which proceeds of crime amounting to Rs 859.15 crore were hooked up/ seized/ freezed underneath the provisions of PMLA. Additional, belongings amounting to Rs 289.28 crore were seized underneath segment 37A of International Alternate Control Act, 1999,” Karad stated.
Over the past yr, enforcement companies discovered quite a lot of mortgage apps that have been discovered to were indulging in predatory lending, charging top rates of interest and costs. Harassment of customers over the reimbursement in their dues have ended in reported incidents of dozens of suicides.
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