A man in his early 50s was arrested on Sunday after his estranged wife lodged a police complaint accusing him of trying to siphon off Rs 1 lakh from her bank account by forging her signature.
Parag Mitra, an office-bearer of an association of foreign liquor off shop dealers and distributors, was arrested from his Topsia home and charged with cheating and forgery.
In her complaint lodged with Hare Street police station, Sarmistha Mitra, who lives in Sealdah, claimed that she had deposited Rs 10,000 in 2000 with a private bank’s mutual fund scheme that matured in May this year.
“I received an SMS from the bank in May stating that the matured amount of nearly Rs 1 lakh was being transferred to another account that I jointly hold with my husband,” she said.
“I immediately contacted the bank and asked them to cancel the money transfer because I had never applied for any such transaction.”
Sarmistha, who lives in Sealdah and runs a distributorship of foreign liquor, alleged that she later found a forged signature on the application form for the funds transfer.
“She had lodged a complaint in May. It took three months to arrest the accused because the forged signature and the specimen signature had to be sent to experts for verification. We started legal action after the experts confirmed the signature on the application was fake,” an officer said.
The accused was produced in court on Sunday and remanded in police custody till September 4. “We’ll investigate if any other person is involved in the forgery,” said the officer probing the case.