Alok Mishra

Gopalganj: Senior branch manager, Canara Bank, Baleshwar Prasad Sinha, who was evading arrest for last few years in a Rs 2.57 crore fraud case, surrendered before the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate re (CJM), Gopalganj, on January 6.The court forwarded him to judicial custody for 14 days.

It may be mentioned here that Baleshwar Prasad Sinha, son of Phani Gopal Sinha and native of Mashakchak ward-13 under Aadampur police station in Bhagalpur district, was posted as senior branch manager in Gopalganj. During his tenure, a fake account was opened in the bank in the name of Messrs. Aastha Construction and the address was of Jadopur and the account was opened in the name of one Kamal Prasad Chaturvedi. One Mukesh Pathak was the guarantor of Chaturvedi.

Later, a fake cheque of Calcutta was deposited into the account and Rs 2.57 crore was drawn on July 14, 2014, in the name of setting up KPC Medical College in Jadopur. The fact came to the fore when the cheque was found fake and bank carried out an internal inquiry into it and came to know that KYC, voter identity card and the affidavit submitted by Chaturvedi were fake. Even  the guarantor was also a fake man.

Bank’s Circle Officer Manager (Law) Paritosh Kumar lodged an FIR with Town police station on September 12, 2014. During investigation, police came to know about the alleged involvement of senior branch manager in the fraudulent withdrawal. Police started a manhunt for the bank official and also procured non-bailable warrant against him. Police have also started proceedings to procure property attachment order from the court. The bank official had filed a bail petition in Patna High Court but surrendered before the court due to mounting police pressure.

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