Raising the issue during Zero Hour, Pawan Verma contended that PSU banks are influenced to give loan to the people who are not able to repay them, the PTI report said. “PSU banks are owed about Rs 5 lakh crore by corporate houses and of this roughly Rs 1.4 lakh crore are owed by just five companies, which include Lanco, GVK, Suzlon Energy, Hindustan Construction Company and a certain company called the Adani Group and Adani Power,” he said. The amount owed by this group “called the Adani Group” both in terms of its long term and short term debt today is around Rs 72,000 crore, he added quoting reports.
“Yesterday it was mentioned that the entire amount that the farmers need to pay as crop loans is Rs 72,000 crore. The Adani Group itself owes to the banks Rs 72,000 crore,” he said. “I don’t know what the relationship is of this government with this business house. I don’t even know if they know them, but the owner of this group (Gautam) Adani is seen everywhere the Prime Minister has gone, every country China, the UK, the US, Europe, Japan,” the JD(U) member said. “This company has been given favours which are unimaginable. In Gujarat, their SEZ was approved inspite of the High Court strictures,” Verma member said. However, while these allegations are made by the JD(U) member, what is interesting to note is that this amo unt of debt owed to banks is far higher than the Rs 9,400 crore that the owner of the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines, Vijay Mallya, owes to banks.
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