Judicial magistrate Prabal Datta on Friday sent nazir (accountant) Virendra Kumar, former nazir Vikash Kumar Yadav and peon Jagdish Prasad Sharma posted at the district planning office at Patna Collectorate to Beur jail in judicial custody till December 6.
District magistrate N. Saravana Kumar has written letters to Andhra Bank and Bank of Baroda demanding the money, which was released by the banks even though the cheques produced had his forged signature.
“The DM has put the onus on banks because they didn’t bother to verify the signatures properly even though the cheques were of huge sums,” a source in the Patna Collectorate said.
The Dhanbad company to which Rs 1.02 crore was transferred has been identified as Somanth Promotion Private Limited whereas the Chennai based company to which Rs 1.03 crore was transferred has been identified as Gurudev Metal Industries.
The details of these companies and the one identified on Thursday — Global Solution Private Limited — to which Rs 1.51 crore had been transferred, however, have not yet been dug out.
“Police are on the job and trying to dig out the details of these companies and their owners.
All three were found involved in swindling over Rs 3.5 crore by forging the signatures of the district magistrate and another senior officer.Before sending them to Beur jail, Gandhi Maidan police produced them in the court of the judicial magistrate.
Speaking to The Telegraph, senior superintendent of police (SSP) Manu Maharaj said: “The investigation is going on and whoever is responsible for this will be booked.”
The district administration had also formed it’s own nine-member committee, which is helping the Patna police in the investigation.
However, till now, the involvement of any bank official has not come to light. Asked about their involvement, Maharaj said: “As I said that investigation is still going on and if any bank official is found to be involved, he/she will also be booked under the law. As for now, we do not have any information regarding the involvement of any banking official.”
The district magistrate said: “Criminal case would be lodged and departmental action would be taken against anyone involved in this crime.”