Uttar Pradesh inspector sacked for stealing money recovered in raid

August 26th, 2008 - 5:44 pm ICT by IANS  

Lucknow, Aug 26 (IANS) Shamsher Singh, the inspector of Domariyaganj police station in Siddharthnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, was removed from service for having stolen the money recovered by police during a raid on the house of a State Bank of India (SBI) cashier, officials said Tuesday.”Singh was suspended Sunday and his services were terminated Monday,” K.K. Tripathi, deputy inspector general of police (Basti range), told IANS on phone.

Sudhakar Tripathi, the cashier of SBI’s Domariyaganj branch, was arrested July 29 and during interrogation confessed to exchanging fake currency notes with a nominal value of Rs.15 million with original ones from the bank’s currency chest, the officials alleged.

The scam came to light when the Special Task Force (STF) of the state police arrested four people with fake currency notes in the town. About Rs.7 million were found in Tripathi’s house during a police raid and locals alleged that Singh made away with most of the money.

According to police sources, bundles of notes of Rs.1,000, 500, 100, 50, 20 and 10 denominations were recovered from Sudhakar Tripathi’s house.

“However, Singh only produced the bundles of notes above Rs.100 denomination and made away with the remaining money,” an official said.

“We scanned Singh’s bank accounts and found that he had deposited Rs.400,000 in his account in the SBI branch of Itawah,” K.K. Tripathi said.

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

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