SBI canteen worker arrested in fake currency scam

August 31st, 2008 - 9:01 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 31 (IANS) The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Uttar Pradesh police arrested a canteen worker of the Domariyaganj branch of State Bank of India (SBI) in connection with the recovery of a large quantity of fake currency notes this month, officials said Sunday.Ramesh was arrested late Saturday. According to SIT sources, he was closely associated with suspended cashier and prime accused Sudhakar Tripathi.

The scam came to light July 29 after the arrest of Abid Sheikh and subsequently of Tripathi, and a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) team found fake currency notes nominally worth nearly Rs.30 million (Rs.3 crore) in the currency chest of the bank after scanning it for over 20 days.

“Ramesh was arrested following the interrogation of Tripathi and Abid. In his interrogation, he was also found involved in it,” an SIT source added.

Earlier last week, an inspector of Domariyaganj police station, Samsher Singh, was suspended and later his service was terminated after he was found involved in bungling the money recovered during a raid at Tripathi’s house.

About Rs.7 million (Rs.70 lakh) were found from Tripathi’s house during the raid. Locals alleged Singh made away with most of the money recovered from there.

“We also scanned Singh’s bank accounts and it was found that he deposited Rs.400,000 in his account in the SBI branch of Itawah,” Deputy Inspector General of Police (Basti range) K.K. Tripathi told IANS by phone.

However, Singh withdrew all the money Aug 18 after he came to know that his bank accounts were being scanned, he added.

Ramesh has been brought to Lucknow for interrogation and the SIT plans to take Tripathi and Abid on police remand for further interrogation.

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