After more than a year, the investigators decided not to pursue the case and filed a closure report on the FIR lodged on 25 October 2017 resulting into naught of the move by the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) to initiate action against the misuse of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s name to dupe unsuspecting citizens in the name of a loan scheme. The complaint was filed by Pritendra Kumar, Joint Deputy Director of the PMO to CBI on 6 December 2016, informing the agency that a Bengaluru-based group was promoting an alleged money-lending business in the guise of a prime minister's scheme.
The PMO was bridled by an advertisement in the name of Satyam group, It contained a toll-free number and website URL. It was published in the Hindustan Times dated 11th July 2016. It offered loans under the "Pradhan Mantri Jan Kalyan Yojna" without any file charge, guarantor, collateral or mark sheet. The loan was being offered with a 40 percent rebate in repayment, with 0% interest and at the doorstep of the borrower within 12 hours. PMO alleged that scheme was fake and a sham. According to some sources, the website’s server was based in the US and when the complaint was filed to the CBI, it was taken offline. The domain name too was disabled and at the time of writing, it is up for sale.
The notice was issued by the trial court to seek objections on ending the investigation. The complainant in the PMO stated that he would accept the closure report resulting in no protest at all. The court is likely taking a final call on 27 March 2019, on whether to accept the closure report otherwise proceed with the case.
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