The team from Axis Bank was followed by a senior manager from its larger rival ICICI Bank also going into the south Mumbai office of the agency, where he answered questions regarding its exposure to Gitanjali Gems, sources said.
The SFIO, which is the investigating arm of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, earlier on Tuesday recorded statements of senior officials of private sector lenders Axis Bank and ICICI Bank in connection with its probe into the alleged scam at the Punjab National Bank.
Chitalia was stopped at the airport and brought to the CBI office at the Bandra-Kurla Complex for questioning, a CBI official said.
Kochhar and Sharma will appear before the (SFIO) in Mumbai on Tuesday afternoon, sources in the agency said.
ICICI Bank led a consortium of 31 banks that lent money to the Gitanjali Group.
The CBI filed a second FIR on February 15 for a Rs 4,886.72-crore fraud against Choksi's Gitanjali Group.
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The fraud was allegedly perpetrated by billionaire jeweller Nirav Modi and his uncle Mehul Choksi, the promoter of Gitanjali Gems.
While SFIO had called Chanda Kochhar, MD & CEO, ICICI Bank and Shikha Sharma, MD & CEO of Axis Bank, both the lenders had sent their representatives to meet the investigating officers, banking industry sources said. The agency, which secured a 12-day remand of four accused arrested on Sunday, explained the modus operandi involved in the alleged Rs 12,636-crore Punjab National Bank (PNB) fraud before the special CBI court. "Some of the banks have already started replying", said an ED official.
"In the normal course of trade business, the bank, through the overseas branches, undertakes transactions against LoUs (Letters of Undertaking) issued by other banks".
The ICICI bank had earlier claimed that it was not exposed to the fraud committed by Nirav Modi group.
The officials of PNB scam were sent through an worldwide messaging system for banking called SWIFT. The ED has also traced some of the money being routed back to the banks for re-issuing letter of undertaking, or LoUs. These amounts are then credited to the LoU issuing bank's Nostro accounts.