Man accused of cheating bank acquitted after 20 yrs
After two decades of legal process, a CBI special court here has acquitted a former bank employee of charges of cheating.delhi Updated: Sep 10, 2012 00:30 IST
After two decades of legal process, a CBI special court here has acquitted a former bank employee of charges of cheating.
On June 30, 1992, an FIR was registered against Chandrapur resident Arunkumar Balaji Mohitkar (now 69), who was then working as an officer in-charge of administration and service department in Bank of India's (BoI) Ranapratap Nagar branch, for allegedly cheating the bank of Rs. 4,275.
He was alleged to have conspired with another accused Anand Pawagi, working as a sales representative at Remington Rand of India Ltd. The duo was accused of establishing a partnership firm, Usha Agencies, and falsely showing it as an authorised dealer of Remington.
It was alleged that Mohitkar placed an order for some cabinets, furniture and other articles with Usha Agencies, for the bank during 1984-86, which caused a loss of Rs. 4,275 to the bank.
During trials, Mohitkar's counsel contended that orders for supply of items were given by higher authorities and the firm Usha Agencies belonged to Mohitkar's father and he had no involvement in it.
In its order pronounced last week, the court of special judge VK Murkute observed that CBI has failed to prove that Mohitkar was pioneer of registration of Usha Agencies and that he had placed the orders for cabinets, furniture and other items.
The court also stated that the prosecution failed to prove that the accused had got wrongful pecuniary gains through these dealings and therefore absolved him of all charges.