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CBI slams Postal, Excise staff for deposit fraud

Pravat Biswal

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday has registered a case against two officials of the Postal Department, an excise Superintendent and six others for financial irregularities.

The postal employees fraudulently allowed cash deposits to the tune of Rs 36.80 lakh in savings accounts of the Excise official and six others by violating post-demonetization guidelines of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

A case was filed under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 against the former Post master Kanti Manjari Bhatta and Postal Assistant Gopal Mohapatra, belonging to Sahid Nagar Post Office here, a Superintendent of Central Excise Soumitra Sen and six others.

The Postal staff entered into the conspiracy with Sen and other accused by fraudulently accepting cash deposits in Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denominations on November 9, which RBI had declared a non-working day.

‘’While the Central Government had barred financial institutions from transacting business on November 9, the two Postal staff allowed huge cash deposits at Sahid Nagar Post Office on the day,’’ said sources in CBI.

A bank locker key, documents related to various bank accounts and immovable property (a Duplex at Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur district and land / plots at Ugalapada and Patharagadia in Khorda district) and cash worth Rs. 4.4 lakh were recovered from the residence of one of the depositors, a Superintendent of Central Excise at Bhubaneswar.

The investigation is currently underway.

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