Two Jalandhar post office staffers booked for bungling Rs 6 lakh
Involvement of two post office employees in an alleged misappropriation of funds worth Rs 6.2 lakh has come to fore at Dayalpur sub-post office of the district.
The same was revealed during an internal probe by post office inspector (south sub-division).Following which, senior superintendent of police (SSP rural) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar ordered registration of the first information report (FIR) against two employees, sub-postmaster (SPM) Balihar and gramin dak sewak (GDS) Kulwinder Ram, on Thursday.
The FIR was registered under Sections 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), 465 (forgery), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery of valuable security), 471 (using as genuine a forged document and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at Phillaur police station.
The report states that Balihar was working as SPM at Dayalpur sub-post office. He allegedly hatched a conspiracy with Kulwinder on May 4, 2016 and reportedly committed the fraud of Rs 6, 22,199 lakh in a seven-time deposit (TD) account, which was transferred from Dayalpur to Gobindpuri, New Delhi on April 13, 2001.
The fraud came to light when the closure amount of these TD accounts were deposited in a saving bank account. The savings account was opened at Rs 100 using false documents. Then withdrawals were made from the account in alleged connivance with Kulwinder Ram who had signed as a witness for the withdrawals, from May 4 to May 5.
The internal core-banking system alerted the higher officials,after which they found that these accounts were already transferred to Delhi. Following this, the TD closure amount was disallowed and an internal probe was started, which found that Rs 6,22,199 was misappropriated from May 4 to May 7.
The report states that the duo have cheated the government by forging and falsifying records. Senior superintendent of post offices of Jalandhar division Mohammad Hanif said, the officials have been suspended and investigation is going on against them.