Fraud in Sukanya Samriddhi and Time Deposit Schemes, Six Postal Officials Booked in Pune

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Mubarak Ansari
Pune, 25th March 2023: The Pune city police have filed three FIRs against six officials of the Postal department, including postmasters, for allegedly siphoning off over Rs 12 crores deposited by 352 persons for Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna and Time Deposit Account (TD) schemes.

The incidents took place at Dighi Camp Sub Post Office, Dunkirk Lines Sub Post Office (9 BRD), and Viman Nagar Sub Post Office. One FIR is registered by Vishrantwadi police station while two cases are registered by Vimantal police station.

As per the case registered at Vishrantwadi police station, the incident took place between July 2018 and August 2020 at Dighi Camp Sub Post Office, where four accused accepted Rs 9.62 crores from 274 depositors of TD scheme but made them open accounts in Dhanori post office and earned Rs 18.35 lakh commission, which they distributed among themselves.

The accused persons in this case include Dighi Camp Post Office postmaster Jyotiram Phoolchand Mali, clerk Bhagwan Shrirang Naik, Dhanori post office postmasters Ganesh Tanaji Lande and Madhukar Gangadhar Suryavanshi.

In the second case registered at Vimantal police station, the incident took place between May 2014 and June 2018 at Dunkirk Line Sub Post Office. The fraud took place when Jyotiram Phoolchand Mali and Ramesh Gulab Bhosale were the postmasters there. They accepted Rs 2.47 crores from 59 depositors (TD scheme) and made a commission of Rs 4.95 lakh. Mali kept 75% of the commission and gave 25% to Bhosale.

In the third case registered at Vimantal police station, the incident took place between April 2014 and September 2018 at Viman Nagar Sub Post Office. Accused Vilas Dethe, who was deputy postmaster, allegedly did not enter the amount of Rs 45,900 deposited by 19 persons for TD scheme and Sukanya Samriddhi Yojna in the records and did the fraud.

Senior Police Inspector Vilas Sonde, in-charge of Vimantal police station, told, “The accused individuals have been charged with cheating and fraud offences under the Indian Penal Code (IPC). The investigation is ongoing, and no arrests have been made yet.”

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