Goldgate: CBI cracks Rs 13cr Gramya Bank fraud case

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) claimed to have cracked the Rs 13.22 crore high profile Odisha Gramya Bank loan fraud case as it brought to fore several incriminating documents to establish the crime on Thursday.
 
CBI counsel Kalicharan Mishra said the officials during investigation have seized several vouchers which the accused duo realtor Ratikanta Kanungo and suspended Dumuduma branch manager of Odisha Gramya Bank Kalindi Charan Nayak had collected from two reputed jewellers in the state capital against the purchase of some fake gold ornaments.
 
Mishra added that the vouchers clearly established the fraudulent hands behind the crime.
 
The agency officials have also seized gold weighing above a kilogram, deposited by Nayak, from the bank locker of a relative of Mahendranath Nayak, the co-accused and brother of Nayak.
 
“It is also being suspected that the money acquired from the fake loan has been diverted to various educational institutes run by Kanungo,” Mishra stated.
 
Even as the duo’s 7-day CBI remand ended on Thursday, a local court rejected their bail plea and sent them to 14 days’ judicial custody. 
 
While five persons had availed a loan worth Rs 13.22 core from the city-based branch between December 2012 and March 2013 mortgaging fake gold jewellery, the scam came to light after the bank authorities, during routine check, found the ornaments to be gold-coated aluminium metal.