HYDERABAD: The Hyderabad police arrested the manager of an ICICI bank in Kolkata for allegedly assisting in the unfreezing of bank accounts seized by the police as part of an investigation into the instant loan app instances in the city.
Rakesh Kumar Das, bank manager at ICICI Bank’s Alipore branch in Kolkata, was held by the Cyber Crime police of the Central Crime Station. He was taken to Hyderabad on a transit remand and produced before the court for judicial custody.
Das is accused of conspiring with other defendants to unfreeze ICICI bank accounts by submitting false papers and transferring Rs 1.18 Crore into other bank accounts, and receiving a commission in the process, said Avinash Mohanty, Joint Commissioner of Police (CCS) in a statement.
In this case, Anand Jannu and Nallamothu Anil Kumar were arrested in June 2021, and a total of Rs.1.18 crores was put into their bank accounts.
On May 8, 2021, the bank got a correspondence apparently from the Cyber Crime Police, Hyderabad, requesting that account No. 388805000474, held in the name of M/s Hainzz Enterprises Pvt. Ltd, be unfrozen. When ICICI bank officials reviewed internal records, they discovered that the aforementioned bank account had been unfrozen and that an amount of roughly Rs.90 lakh had been transferred to a State Bank of India account in the name of Anand Jannu in Hyderabad.
ICICI Bank’s Alipore branch in Kolkata and Gurugram branch in Haryana both received fraudulent notices claiming to be sent by the Office of Inspector of Police, PS, Cyber Crime Cell, Hyderabad, to unfreeze various accounts on May 13 and May 20, 2021.
The regional manager of ICICI Bank in Hyderabad stated in his complaint that an unidentified person impersonated a sub-inspector of Kolkata police, misrepresented facts, and submitted forged notices seeking to unfreeze certain ICICI bank accounts that had been frozen by Hyderabad police in the instant loan app case. A total of Rs 1.18 crore was then deposited into an SBI bank account.
Hyderabad Police launched an investigation into the complaint after filing a case under section 66 D (punishment for ‘cheating by personation by using computer resource’) of the IT Act, as well as sections 419 (cheating by personation), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery), and 471 (using a forged document as genuine) of the IPC.