Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati filed an FIR against Central Bank of India's Gar-Ali branch officers, alleging their involvement in fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 77.80 lakh.
In the FIR, the DC claimed that during the August-September period in 2019, one Dipak Bora, a clerk (under suspension since July last year), allegedly removed the sum in the office of the Jorhat DC.
On July 23, 2019, Bora was suspended by the DC on charges of swindling over Rs 2 lakh deposited as security deposits by candidates during the December 2018 Panchayat polls.
The DC reported in the FIR that Bora forged the signatures of Bandana Devi on six cheques by her and financial and account officer (Jorhat), withdrawing money from contingency and consultancy head of the City Infrastructure Development Fund.
A case (No:3620/2019) has been registered against Bora under sections 120(B), 409, 420, 419, 468 of the IPC on charges of cheating and forgery at the police station following the FIR's filing.
Police are looking out for Bora who has flown the coop. The two FIRs have been clubbed together.
Speaking to media persons at the DC’s on Friday, Korati said that the manner in which Bora had illegally withdrawn government money, the involvement of bank officials could not be ruled out.
Pointing out the gross violation of norms and rules in the withdrawals by Bora, the DC said, “The cheques should not have been honoured in the first place as the specimen signature in the said account was of her predecessor Narayan Konwar when the withdrawal was reportedly made.”
“I had intimated the bank for updating the specimen signature to operate the account on September 17, 2019, and the same was done on September 23,” Korati added.
“How could bank authorities pay money against cheques without having the specified signature of the authorised person, which was the previous DC in this case,” Korati questioned.
She further said that the bank authorities in reply to the notice served by the Jorhat district administration had failed to provide the account-linked mobile phone number supposed to be mentioned in the account opening form as per Know Your Customer rules.
“If no mobile phone number was filled up in the account-opening form then how is it that the account was allowed to be functional,” the Deputy Commissioner observed.
Updated by: News Sources 2020-01-04 10:31 AM