BHAGALPUR: The Banka police on Wednesday lodged a second FIR in connection with the multi-crore funds scam.
The 155-page FIR was registered against former land acquisition officer (LAO), Banka, Jayshree Thakur, then LAO nazir Md Anis Ansari, then branch manager of Cooperative Bank (Banka), former branch managers of Bhagalpur-based Indian Bank and Bank of Baroda branches, besides the 10 managing committee members of the Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti (SMVSS) on the directives of Banka DM Kundan Kumar.
Land acquisition officer Aditya Naryan Jha got the FIR lodged with the Banka police station. All the accused, who have been named in the FIR, have been charged under different sections of IPC including cheating, fraud and criminal conspiracy.
The Banka DM said preliminary investigations showed a deep-rooted nexus between Thakur and Srijan office-bearers.
An account of the land acquisition department, Banka, was opened at SMVSS for unexplained reasons and a total amount of Rs 6 crore was deposited on various dates between November 4, 2009 to October 24, 2011, said sources adding, during investigation by the district administration and the SIT of EOU along with Banka police, startling facts came to light that huge amounts were withdrawn on different occasions and later on deposits too were made in the account from unknown sources.
It may be mentioned here that Thakur, who has been terminated by the state government recently is evading arrest.
Earlier, Banka police registered a case on detection of illegal transfer off Rs 83.1crore government money to SMVSS account. The fraud was detected following a directive of the Banka DM to make a scrutiny and verify the bank accounts of different departments after the funds scam surfaced in Bhagalpur.
Talking to TOI, Banka SP Chandan Kushwaha said, the second FIR was lodged with the Banka police station following detection of gross financial irregularities. “We will continue our probe and till the CBI takes over, we will take all steps to arrest the named accused.”