ATM fraud: Bail plea of accused dismissed

ATM MachinesRajinder Nagarkoti
Tribune news service

Panchkula, August 26
In the ATM fraud case, the Panchkula district courts dismissed the anticipatory bail application filed by IndusInd’s bank relationship officer, who had duped a bank customer of Rs 4.19 lakh. The fraud dates back to the time when Sharma, posted as a relationship officer at the Sector 9 branch of IndusInd Bank, contacted Attar Chand, who has a savings account in the bank’s Sector 11 branch. Sharma assured Chand that he could get him a higher rate of interest on his fixed deposits if he shifted them from the bank’s sector 11 branch to the one in Sector 9.

After a few meetings, Chand gave his debit card to Sharma saying his card had been blocked and requested the former to arrange for a new card. However, instead of destroying the debit card, Sharma managed to reset the card’s PIN (personal identification number). With the new pin number, he withdrew Rs 4.19 lakh from various ATMs of the bank, but a few days later IndusInd Bank officials detected the high volume of transactions and contacted Chand.

A surprised Chand said he was not aware of the fraudulent debit transactions from his account. The bank officials then checked ATM withdrawal records and found that on one occasion Rs 29,000 had been withdrawn from one of the bank’s ATMs. After going through CCTV footage, they discovered it was Sharma who had made the withdrawals.

Following a complaint filed by IndusInd Bank branch Manager Sandeep Anand, the local police had registered an FIR under Sections 406 (criminal breach of trust) & 420 (forgery) of the Indian Penal Code against Sharma.

The police had conducted raids at Sharma’s residence in Ambala, but to no avail.

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