Pune: The Central Bureau of Investigation's (CBI) Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has booked three persons, including a Aundh sub-post office master, for allegedly duping the Postal Department of Rs 32.68 lakh.
An FIR was registered against Dinkar D Bangar, Sub-Post Master, Aundh Sub-Post Office, Sunita Kulkarni, postal agent of Mahila Pradhan Kshetriya Bachat Yojna (MPKBY), Pune, and her assistant Pushkar Pradip Ainapure.
According to the CBI, Bangar entered into a criminal conspiracy with Kulkarni and Ainapure and defrauded the postal department by manipulating the already closed Monthly Income Scheme (MIS) accounts of Aundh sub-post office by showing them as alive. They misappropriated maturity amounts, along with interest amounts, caused a loss of Rs 32.68 lakh to the department.
It is alleged that during 2015-2016, the Postal Department switched to the Core Banking System (CBS) with Finacle software. Under this process, all postal accounts including MIS accounts were migrated to Finacle for CBS. For operating the CBS, each post master was assigned a separate user ID and password by the department for managing the day-to-day operations.
Bangar and other accused took advantage of software migration because of which some of the closed MIS accounts were shown as alive in the CBS. Thereafter, Bangar accessed the closed MIS accounts by using his official user ID and password and fraudulently withdrew maturity amounts along with interest amounts of 49 closed MIS accounts by preparing fake/forged withdrawal slips, without the knowledge of the said depositor/account holder. The accused persons themselves filled the withdrawal forms and forged the signatures of the account holders on the same. They have fraudulently shown to have withdrawn Rs 32.68 lakh from the closed MIS accounts and transferred the same to four saving accounts existing at Aundh Sub-Post Office, one each in the names of Bangar, his wife Surekha, as well as Kulkarni and Ainapure.
The CBI has charged the accused for offences under sections 120b (criminal conspiracy), 409 (criminal breach of trust), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using forged document as genuine) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act. Inspector Vijay Desai is investigating the case.