EOW Nabs Two Including PNB Senior Manager In Loan Fraud Case

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Bhubaneswar: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of State Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested two persons including Senior Manager of Punjab National Bank in a loan fraud case.

The accused Srikanta Prasad Prusty, Senior Manager cum Assessment Officer, Punjab National Bank, Jaydev Bihar Branch and Kali Prasad Mishra, Proprietor of M/s K.P. Solutions, NageswarTangi, were arrested on complaint of Paresh Kumar Das, Circle Head of Punjab National Bank, Bhubaneswar.

It is alleged that, in conspiracy with Bank Officers, accused Kali Prasad Mishra, who deals with wholesaling and retail trading of tiles, sanitary items and electronic goods had availed Cash Credit(CC) loan amounting to Rs 2.5 crores by mortgaging the property of three guarantors, who during enquiry denied to have signed the documents and kept the properties as mortgage for the loan.

During the investigation, it was ascertained that Mishra used fake KYC documents including electricity bills and voter identity cards in names of three guarantors, who purportedly stood as guarantors for the loans and mortgaged their immovable property located at Madhu Patna, Cuttack during the year 2017, whereas the facts remained that one of the guarantors had expired during the year 2014, i.e, more than 3 years prior to the loan sanctioned.

Prusty, the then senior manager, Punjab National Bank, Bapuji Nagar Branch in criminal conspiracy with the loanee had recommended for sanction of huge CC loan by accepting the forged documents, mentioning to have verified identity of guarantors and also entertaining the impersonators for the guarantors to sign the mortgaged deeds knowing very well that, they are not the owner of the property and thereby caused huge loss to the bank/ Government exchequer.

The loan is now outstanding to the tune of Rs 267.33 lakhs.

The accused duo have been arrested under Sections 406, 420, 467, 468, 471, and 120(B) of the IPC and forwarded to court.

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