EXPLOSIVE: Cobrapost ‘exposes’ India’s largest financial scam, Rs 1 lakh crore of public money lent to DHFL with no chance of recovery, Rs 20 crore donated to BJP


In what appears to be the biggest financial scam in Indian history, the primary promoters of Dewan Housing Finance Corporation (DHFL) have been found to have siphoned off more than Rs. 31,000 crore of public money. The alleged scam has primarily been carried out through grants of loans and advances to shell companies and by using other means. Money has also been routed through these dubious companies and parked outside India, to acquire assets. Cobrapost claims to have unearthed the scam by closely analysing documents available with public authorities and information available in public domain.

Bollywood megastar Shah Rukh Khan happens to be the brand ambassador of this group.

The biggest victim of this alleged scam, according to Cobrapost, are Indian banks that are already reeling under enormous stress due to scams hitting the PNB, AXIS BANK and ICICI.

As illustrated in the table, together these banks have a cumulative liability of a whopping Rs 96,880 crore. These are mostly public sector banks with the exception of Kotak, ICICI, HDFC and Axis. Loans issued by the State Bank of India amounts to Rs 11,650 crore, while Bank of Baroda and Bank of India loaned more than Rs 4,000 crores each.

Today’s revelation comes just days after the federal probe agency CBI booked former CEO and MD of ICICI, Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar and Venugopal Dhoot, the promoter of Videocon along with several other big names from the banking industry in connection with a Rs 3,250 crore scam.

The anatomy of the scam, as highlighted by Cobrapost, has repercussions for the larger financial system in India. As an industry practice, loans are advanced to companies and are secured by not only the properties of the borrowers company but also by personal guaranty of the promoters of the companies.

By lending to shell companies without due diligence, the DHFL is accused of ensuring that the recovery of such dubious loans is impossible since the companies or their directors themselves do not own any assets. This way the properties/private wealth acquired by the Wadhawans and their associates by using the funds from these dubious loans are completely ring-fenced from any recovery process, claimed the Cobrapost investigation.

Another highlight of today’s expose by Cobrapost is the donation made by a group of companies belonging to DHFL to the ruling BJP. In total, companies owned by the DHFL have donated Rs 19.60 crore to the BJP. One of the subsidiaries, RK Developers, had hidden their donation of Rs 9.93 crore made to the BJP in their balance sheet.

The role of Prime Minister Narendra Modi had come under a huge scanner after his close friends Mehul Choksi and Nirav Modi fled India by defaulting the PNB worth over Rs 5,000 crore of loans. The opposition Congress has been causing grief to the ruling BJP and PM Modi for his alleged complicity in aiding Nirav Modi and Choksi to commit the large scale scam.

With the Lok Sabha elections scheduled in less than two months time, this expose is bound to have serious ramifications on the political discourse. It remains to be seen if the government will act with a lookout notice against the Wadhawans before they also leave India just like Nirav Modi and Mehul Choksi did.


  1. Your story is fake and absolute nonsense. Your ability to go through financial documentation is unproven and your attempt is to destroy the stocks and company’s credibility to break the stock for your paid speculators who want to control this stock. Being a qualified accountant I have seen the numbers that DHFL has presented which have been audited by experts and DHFL is an outstanding financial institution. Ever since the rumours circulated in Sep 2018 DHFL has spent a lot of time in clearly communicating and giving disclosures for payments.

    Before you come to an opinion of scam use firms like KPMG and Deloitte with forensic Accountants to come to the full conclusion. Your reporting is flawed and only to bring more speculation and bad press for money for yourself.

    DHFL is a great financial institution and the company has a great foundation. I am not surprised why with bad press like your site you are not sued for defamation.


  3. Let me tell you Jawaid. You are obviously sponsored by ( paid by) elements who want to break up India. Go to Pakistan. We dont even want you here. Go there and implode. Tumhare liye hi banaya tha 1947 me Go Paki go !

  4. Adam Smith was prophetic in The Wealth of Nations (1776) Book V, ch 1, referring to how corporate directors will always be inefficient, because they preside over other people’s money.


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