CBI has taken over the probe into the fraudulent withdrawal of Rs 4.54 crore from a United Bank of India branch in Manipur following a direction from the Gauhati High Court.
"CBI has registered a case under various sections of IPC against unknown persons who in conspiracy with Officers of the United Bank of India, Churachandpur Branch, Manipur, fraudulently withdrew an amount of Rs 4.54 crores from the account of the Executive Engineer, District Rural Development Agency (DRDA), Churachandpur," a CBI official said.
He said the accused would take a blank cheque book and forge the signatures of the Executive Engineer, DRDA.
"Thereafter, they encashed four cheques for Rs 82 lakh each on October 3, 2009, Rs 42 lakh by one cheque on October 9 and Rs 86 lakh by another cheque on October 14. The cheques were paid by the Bank Officers without proper verification of the signatures.
When the Executive Engineer, DRDA came to know about the fraudulent withdrawal, he lodged a complaint dated October 16, 2009 with Churachandpur Police Station and FIR was registered, he said.
The Imphal Bench of the Gauhati High Court had passed an order on a petition filed by the United Bank of India directing the state government to transfer the investigation into the case to CBI.