3 more arrested in cloned cheque case in Rourkela
Bhubaneswar: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Tuesday arrested three more persons in connection with withdrawal of Rs 2.87 crore from Bank of India using a cloned cheque. The EOW sources said three accused — Amit Kumar Gupta, Sunil Kumar Mohanty and Arun Kumar Barik — were arrested from Barbil and Rourkela under Sections 420/467/468/471/120(B) IPC.
They will be forwarded to the court of SDJM, Panposh, Rourkela. With this, the number of arrests in the case went up to four. On January 8, the EOW had arrested prime accused B Murty Pillai of Rourkela for using a cloned cheque and withdrawing Rs 2.87 crore from Bank of India.
During interrogation, it was ascertained that the three accused, Amit, Sunil and Arun, are the accomplices of Pillai. They managed to arrange a cloned cheque purportedly issued from the account of M/s Karnataka State Cooperative Marketing Federation Limited (KSCMFL).
Using the cheque, Pillai managed to clear it at Bank of India, Rourkela branch, and deposited Rs 2.87 crore in his cash credit account maintained in the same branch. The EOW sources said Pillai diverted the amount for his personal use. The arrests were made after a complaint was lodged by Chief Manager of Bank of India, Rourkela branch, Anjani Kumar Singh Azad.
It has been also revealed during investigation that Pillai had transferred Rs 2.6 crore to the accounts of his own company, BMP & Sons Construction Pvt Ltd, maintained with ICICI Bank and Bank of India, Civil Township Branch, Rourkela, on the day the cheque was cleared.
Subsequently, the rest amount of approximately Rs 23 lakh was transferred in fractions by the accused to the accounts of his close relatives and his own loan account. There was also cash withdrawal of Rs 5 lakh.
The EOW sources said the three accused arrested on Tuesday received a substantial amount from the fraud amount of Rs 2.87 crore deposited in the account of Pillai.