The Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) administration will conduct an internal inquiry into an alleged cheating case wherein Rs 48 lakh was withdrawn by fraudsters using a fake cheque from the Institute’s main account. The Institute has already submitted a police complaint in the matter. Sources in the PGI told Chandigarh Newsline on Tuesday that a committee has been being formed to investigate the matter internally. “We cannot rule out internal help. The committee will investigate the matter within the Institute and police will do its own investigation at their own level,” said a senior official.
He said that the PGI authorities are in touch with the bank officials to know more about the transaction. On October 25, a sum of Rs 48 lakh was debited from PGI main account held with State Bank of India. The PGI staff last week noticed one transaction in the main account. It was later found that fraudsters had withdrawn the money by presenting a used cheque at a SBI branch in Madhya Pradesh.
Sources also told Chandigarh Newsline that the bank officials have traced the firm which cashed the cheque. “The firm has already withdrawn Rs 33 lakh from its bank account. Rest of the amount has been seized by SBI,” said a senior official.
Earlier, PGI officials had said that every cheque passes only after it is signed by two officials from the PGI. Both the officials have already denied their involvement in the case. The Institute is now forming a committee to find if its own staff were in contact with the bank staff before the transaction.
According to police officials, they are still investigating the matter and all the necessary process are being fulfilled before a case is registered in the matter.