Uttar Pradesh fake currency scam: CBI summons senior SBI officials

October 5th, 2008 - 5:46 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Oct 5 (IANS) The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), investigating the fake currency racket in Uttar Pradesh’s State Bank of India’s Domariyaganj branch, has summoned senior branch officials, officials said Sunday. “The officials, who have been summoned, were supposed to look after the transactions in the currency chest and ensure frequent inspection. We have initially quizzed them and will conduct a thorough interrogation soon,” a source of the CBI team told IANS preferring anonymity.

A CBI team is camping in Siddharthnagar district, where Domariyaganj is located, for the past 15 days and claims to have gathered vital clues in connection with the racket.

The racket was unearthed earlier in August when a Reserve Bank of India (RBI) team raided the currency chest of the branch and recovered fake currency with a nominal worth of over Rs.40 million.

The raid followed the arrest of the bank’s cashier Sudhakar Tripathi and his aide, Abid Shekh. The duo confessed to circulating over Rs.50 million through the bank.

“We are providing all assistance to the CBI team in the investigations and hope that those behind the racket are exposed soon,” Brijlal, additional director general of police (crime, law and order), told reporters.

Initially probed by the Special Task Force (STF) and the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Uttar Pradesh police, the case, along with two other fake currency cases of Aligarh and Baghpat, was transferred to the CBI last month.

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