On Tuesday, a special court granted access to household goods in the custody of the CBI, including a chair, bed, and mattress, to Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak, and Videocon Group Chairman Venugopal Dhoot. Chanda Kochhar was the former MD and CEO of ICICI Bank. On Monday, the three were committed for three days to the care of the CBI.
The CBI detained the Kochhar couple on Friday in relation to the Videocon loan case, while Dhoot was detained on Monday. The CBI requested their custody for three days after the three of them were brought before the court on Monday, claiming that they needed to be faced.
The couple, both 61 years old, were forced to lie on the floor in the Mumbai Police prison at night, Kochhar’s attorney Kushal Mor claimed in court. He warned the jury that the extreme cold would have an effect on their health.
The attorney had argued that since the CBI had a lock-up of its own, it should be used to house them rather than sending them to the police lock-up at night. The accused’s attorneys were required by the court to submit their arguments in this regard.
The court heard the petitions on Tuesday, which included asked for home meals and prescription medications for the accused’s doctors. Additionally, the accused made a petition for permission to utilise a particular bed, chair, pillow, mattress, towel, blanket, and bedsheet.
The court also gave Chanda Kochhar permission to consult with her family and legal counsel to get guidance. The court also gave Deepak Kochhar permission to use his attorney’s services for an hour in private till the questioning was finished. In response to Dhoot’s petition, the court also gave him permission to be accompanied by a companion in detention who could assist him with taking his insulin as needed.
On Wednesday, the three will once again appear before the court.
The CBI claims that ICICI Bank violated the Banking Regulation Act, RBI norms, and the bank’s credit policy when it approved loans totaling Rs 3,250 crore for the Videocon Group entities that Dhoot promoted.
Chanda Kochhar and Deepak Kochhar, meanwhile, went to the Bombay High Court on Tuesday and argued that the CBI’s arrest of them was illegal. However, the high court declined to hold an urgent hearing and instructed the Kochhars to bring the case before the regular bench once it reconvened after the break.