Co-op bank fraud: Deccan Gymkhana cops seek RBI probe

8 fake accounts opened with one introducer and transactions of Rs 161 crore shown between them.

Written by Express News Service | Pune | Published: November 19, 2013 4:05 am

The Deccan Gymkhana police have written to the Reserve Bank of India to draw its attention towards a case in which eight fraudulent accounts were opened in a cooperative bank and transactions of Rs 161 crore were shown between them in order to get loan for a distillery project.

On the basis of a complaint lodged by Subodh Padgaonkar,the chief manager of Saraswat Co-operative Bank’s FC Road branch,in July,the police had arrested one person in connection with the case. The loan had been sought on behalf of Jogeshwari Breweries Pvt Ltd,which has its head office in Kolhapur.

Senior inspector Manohar Joshi of Deccan Gymkhana police station said: “All eight accounts were fake with one common ‘introducer’,who is a peon (in an educational institute in Kolhapur). We have written to the RBI requesting them to probe the issue at their level. It must me pointed out that this was not just one account but eight. So we believe that there is negligence,which needs to be probed by the RBI.”

Investigation by the police found that these eight accounts were opened in 2009 and one Vinod Sasne,the peon,was the ‘introducer’. The fact came to light during the Know Your Customer (KYC) drive conducted by the branch and Sasne was arrested.

According to sources with the Deccan Gymkhana police,the RBI has decided to take up the matter.

The probe had also revealed that one Umesh Shinde of Jogeshwari Breweries Pvt Ltd wanted to get loan for the distillery project in Umarga in Osmanabad district and for that transactions of over Rs 161 crore were shown between the bank accounts he had opened in the name of a few small companies. Police also suspect the involvement of an officer from the bank.

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