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Fake gold deposits: police detain five

Police suspect that artificial gold ornaments were deliberately allowed to be deposited in the bank in exchange for money by the bank employees.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2012 15:35 IST
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Many more skeletons are likely to tumble out of the cupboard of the Gaya ICICI bank, if a thorough and fair investigation is carried out.

The investigating officer has smelt a rat in the whole transaction wherein fake gold was used to advance money.

Police now suspect, that the 64 packets of gold ornaments, that look to be artificial even to a layman, were deliberately allowed to be deposited in the bank in exchange for money by the bank employees.

A police officer also told HT, that the number of ornaments deposited by a single person also did not make the bank employees doubtful of customers’ intention while this shady transaction continued from January 1 till August 14 unhindered.

The loot was discovered on August 15 when the appraiser (also called auditor) from Kolkata declared that the gold deposit was fake.

When this correspondent asked the branch manager about it, he refused saying, he was not authorised to talk to the media. He said whatever information was available had been communicated to the police and that he was cooperating with the investigating officer.

Manoj Kumar who testified to the purity of gold before it was deposited, was picked up by the civil lines police. During investigation he spilled the beans of the entire transaction.

Four more persons, including Upender Kumar, Perween, Inderjeet and Vishal Kumar have so far been arrested in this connection.

First Published: Aug 31, 2012 15:28 IST