Richest MLA candidate in further trouble as bank takes over property
He was the richest candidate in the Maharashtra Assembly polls held almost a year ago. However, in the last six months, Indian Bullion & Jewellers Association president Mohit Kamboj has had two public notices issued against him by banks for taking possession of his properties in cases of outstanding loans. Kamboj, who lost the Dindoshi seat on a BJP ticket in the Maharashtra Assembly polls, had declared assets worth Rs 350 crore and was the richest amongst all the candidates.
Earlier on August 15, mid-day had reported that a bank had taken possession of property belonging to Kamboj for non-repayment of a loan of R68.01 crore (‘Bank takes over property of state’s richest MLA candidate’). Now Kamboj has received another notice in November in an outstanding loan of Rs 30 crore, for which the bank has taken symbolic possession of his Worli flat in Avarshekar Heights. Like the last time, Kamboj maintains that he was only a guarantor to this loan (Rs 30 crore), and says that the borrower couldn’t repay the amount.
The notice issued in November by Bank of India’s Opera House Mid Corporate Branch, calls upon the borrower/guarantors Miksha Gold Jewellery Ltd, Mohit Kamboj, Deepak Kamboj, Pinki Kamboj, Jitendra Kapoor and KBJ Jewellery to repay the aggregated amount or Rs 30.90 crore (the loan amount). Since the guarantors/borrowers have failed to repay the amount, Bank of India has taken symbolic possession of the property owned by Mohit Kamboj, Deepak Kamboj, and Pinki Kamboj.
The property is Flat No 3001, 30th floor, Avarshekar Heights, opposite City Bakery, Worli Naka. The flat measures 2,324 square feet.
When mid-day contacted Bank of India’s Opera House branch, a senior officer said, “The notice has been published and the outstanding amount has not been paid yet.” Arvind Singh, chief manager of Bank of India said, “We cannot discuss someone’s personal outstanding dues, but it’s confirmed that the loan amount hasn’t been paid yet.”
Kamboj claims that he is only a guarantor of the loan. He said, "I am the guarantor for a company. The High Court judge has given the order to the promoter of the company to get my property released in February 2015, for which I have given a guarantee. The borrower promised to get my guarantee released in front of the judge but he has not done it till now. In the court order, it is written clearly that the borrower will get my guarantee and property released but he has not done it till now. He is in the process of doing it, but has failed. The promoter has to pay the bank and get my property released. I had sent a notice to him to do it fast."
Rajnish Agarwal, consultant to the management of Mishka Gold Jewellery, the borrower of the loan, told mid-day, "Essentially, we have taken over the company from Kamboj in February. The process is on."