TV actress Nupur Alankar has said that she was being forced to sell her jewellery because the PMC Bank scam had ruined her life financially. Alankar, who has acted in several popular TV series such as Agle Janam Mohe Bitiya Hi Kijo and Ghar Ki Lakshmi Betiyann told a newspaper that all her savings were stuck in the PMC Bank and she was not allowed to withdraw her own hard-earned money.
Alankar told Times of India, “With no money at home and all our accounts frozen, I was left with no option, but to sell off my jewellery. In fact, I had to borrow Rs. 3,000 from a fellow actor. Another one transferred Rs. 500 for my commute. So far, I have borrowed Rs. 50,000 from friends. There is no clarity when the problem will be resolved and we are scared that we will lose our money.”
The Mumbai Police last week arrested the father-son promoters of Housing Development and Infrastructure Limited (HDIL) after they were accused of defaulting on a loan of Rs 6,500 crore owed to the crisis-hit Punjab and Maharashtra Cooperative Bank. The company owned by Rakesh Kumar Wadhawan and his son Sarang Wadhawan reportedly sponsored Kolkata Knight Riders – an IPL cricket team owned by Bollywood actor Shah Rukh Khan, was the organiser of a glorious Mumbai fashion event, HDIL Couture Week India and also had stakes in Adhikari Brothers’ firms and Hindi news channel Live India.
Alankar said that she was facing a huge financial crisis because of the government’s cap on the withdrawal of her own money. The government had first announced the cap to be Rs 1,000, which was later increased to Rs 25,000 per customer for over a period of six months. The actress said, “I had accounts in other banks, too, which I transferred to this bank a few years ago. Little did I know that my family members and my life savings will be frozen like this… How am I expected to survive without money? Should I mortgage my house now? Why is there a cap on my own hard-earned money? I have been diligently paying income tax, so why am I suffering today?”