Many senior bank officials who had dealt with loans given to liquor baron Vijay Mallya's Kingfisher Airlines may be named as accused in a CBI chargesheet which is likely to be filed within a month, sources said.
This would be first charge sheet in the case pertaining to loans of over Rs 6000 crore given to Kingfisher by a consortium of 17 banks led by State Bank of India which alone had an exposure of Rs 1600 crore.
The agency has already filed a chargesheet against Mallya last year in connection with a separate case related to Rs 900 crore pending loan given by IDBI bank in which senior officials of the bank were allegedly involved.
The CBI had registered two cases against Mallya related to the IDBI loans in 2015 and consortium loan in 2016.
Refusing to give names of the officials, the sources said the first phase of probe into loans given by a consortium of banks is almost complete and the chargesheet may be filed within a month while keeping the investigation open.
Both serving and retired senior officials of the banks including the State Bank of India who had handled Kingfisher Airlines loans may be named as accused in the charge sheet as the agency has gathered enough evidence against them on misuse of official position, they said.
The top brass of erstwhile Kingfisher airlines including Mallya, its CFO A Raghunathan and other former senior executives will also be named as accused in the case, they said.
They said the agency is also looking into the role of finance ministry officials who could have influenced the decision of the bankers but their role is still be evaluated.