Sunday, May 6, 2012

Karnataka man dupes 2 of Rs71.38 lakh, held

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Sunday arrested a man from Karnataka for allegedly siphoning Rs71.38 lakh from the bank accounts of two Mumbai-based persons.
The accused has been identified as Haiderali Khalasi, a resident of Hubli in Karnataka.
According to EOW sources, Khalasi was arrested after a complaint was filed by Amit Francis Ferao, the manager of the Malad branch of one of the leading private banks in the city. As per the complaint, one of the account holders of the bank had learnt that lakhs of rupees were transferred from his account through the Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) facility of the bank.
“Since the transaction was not done by the victim, he asked the bank to look into the matter. On making further inquiries, the bank learnt that Rs10.20 lakh had also been transferred from another customer’s account through the RTGS facility. The account into which money had been deposited from these two accounts was the same, and belonged to a bank in Karnataka. The account was Khalasi’s,” said an EOW officer, requesting anonymity.
He added the bank officials then lodged a complaint with the EOW. A police team left for Karnataka and apprehended Khalasi.
“His interrogation revealed that in order to conduct a transaction through the RTGS facility, permission from the account holder is required. Khalasi had made bogus documents of the two account holders with the help of his associate Salim Firhaddi, who is wanted in the said case,” the officer said. Khalasi was produced before a concerned court, which remanded him to police custody till May 2. The police have also recovered Rs47.99 lakh from him.

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