95-yr-old retd banker duped of Rs 23 lakh

He served as the director of two prominent nationalised banks in the city and all he wanted was a peaceful retirement.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published:October 10, 2011 1:39 am

He served as the director of two prominent nationalised banks in the city and all he wanted was a peaceful retirement. But at the age of 95,Gurbhajan Singh Mann never imagined he would have to run pillar to post for details to the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 23 lakh from his bank account.

On October 6,Mann,who resides at 12 Tilak Marg in New Delhi filed a complaint with the Connaught Place police station stating that an account he opened with a nationalised bank had shown a withdrawal amount of Rs 22,87,000 from different branches of the bank within and outside Delhi,when he asked for a statement of his savings account.

In his police statement,Mann alleged that the transactions were made between June 21 and 27 from his account at the bank’s Connaught circus branch.

“I would also like to inform you that I am withdrawing

Rs 40,000 per month from my above referred account only for the last so many years and suddenly there are continuous withdrawals of heavy amounts from other branches including outstation branches,which have not been noticed by the bank,” he said in the police statement.

He also alleged that the signatures on the cheques used to withdraw the money were not his.

A senior police officer investigating the case said the concerned bank officials were being questioned. “We have registered a case under sections of forgery of valuable security and criminal conspiracy. It seems that someone managed to steal the cheques from the bank and encash them.”

When Newsline visited Mann,the nonagenarian was getting his blood pressure checked. Asked about the bank fraud,he said,“I have nothing to say. The police are looking into the matter. I have no children and I have been running around myself.”

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