Three nabbed for duping IIT with forged cheques

The accused withdrew Rs 34.80 lakh from bank accounts of the institute

Three people have been arrested in south Delhi for allegedly withdrawing Rs 34.80 lakh from the bank accounts of IIT-Delhi using forged cheques. DCP (south) Chhaya Sharma said that the accused have been identified as Ajay Kumar Kashyap, Ashu Kumar and Vipin Kumar.

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The official said that an FIR in this respect was lodged by MK Gulati, deputy registrar (accounts) of IIT-D. Gupta has mentioned that IIT has accounts with Canara Bank and Punjab National Bank and some illegal withdrawals were reported from both accounts. Gulati told the police that on October 19, it was reported by Canara Bank that Rs 9.75 lakh was debited from the account though the institute had cancelled the cheques which were used. 

Easy money
More surprisingly they received another statement from PNB that three unauthorised cheques for Rs. 9.75 lakh, Rs 7.75 lakh and Rs 7.15 lakh had been debited from their account. Police started investigations and collected forms used to open bank accounts. During the probe cops found that accounts were opened on the basis of fake documents and on fictitious addresses by the accused. The addresses of guarantors and sureties were also verified, but most of them were also found to be fictitious.

Police then interrogated Vishal Kumar, who gave surety for the accused persons and helped them in opening accounts. He revealed that he had provided his bank passbook to one of his relatives, Kashyap, for taking a car loan. But he denied that he ever presented himself as introducer or surety. The police team developed more information about Kashyap and arrested him from near IIT Delhi. He was interrogated and he broke down and confessed to his hand in the cheating. He said that he and two other associates were involved in the cheating.

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"Kashyap told police that a person named Manoj Tyagi was the mastermind of the incident. Manoj was assisted by Ashu Kumar, Vipin Kumar and S Mittal. Police arrested Ashu Kumar and Vipin Kumar from Muradnagar (UP) and Sitaram Bazar in Delhi respectively," said the police official. Ashu and Vipin told the police that they managed to open the fictitious accounts with fake IDs provided by Kashyap.

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