As the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) failed to file chargesheet within stipulated time in the Rs 13.5-crore fraudulent withdrawal from the public health department's account in Panchkula, the CBI special court, Haryana, granted bail to the prime accused on Wednesday.
Gurpreet Singh alias Neeraj Kumar, a resident of Sangrur, is in jail for the past 90 days. He was arrested from Dhuri on October 23, 2013.
The case was registered on a complaint of Prem Pal Singh, chief manager, State Bank of India (SBI), posted at Dehradun, last year under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections of cheating, criminal conspiracy and forgery, and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.
On June 28, 2013, SK Bansal, engineer-in-chief, public health department, reported to Prem Pal that the cheques must have been forged as the original cheque book was lying unused in their office.
Gurpreet Singh alias Neeraj Kumar Kumar encashed Rs 51.62 lakh on June 19, 2013, through a cheque dated June 4, 2013. He had opened an account in the name of Health Research Care Centre, Dehradun, in Uttarakhand Grameen Bank, Dehradun, on June 17, 2013.
On June 21, 2013, a Rs 5.32-crore cheque, dated June 6, was encashed in the company's account. On June 25, 2013, another cheque for Rs 7.69 crore, dated June 10, was encashed.
As per Prem Pal's complaint, "…cheques were closely scrutinised by our branch before making payment and they were found to be in order as per apparent tenor in good faith, without negligence. Hence, the payment was in order."
When the private company presented one more cheque for Rs 9.93 crore, dated June 12, 2013, for realisation on June 26, 2013, Grameen Bank sought a confirmation from the SBI, Panchkula branch, regarding its genuineness.
The next day the SBI advised that the cheques had not been issued by their account holder, which was the public health department of Haryana. It further told Grameen Bank that the cheques had been encashed fraudulently by Health Research Care Centre.