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CID files chargesheet in AMTRON fraud case

By The Assam Tribune

Guwahati, Feb 9: The CID Assam has filed a chargesheet in the AMTRON fraud case (No 13/2021 U/S 120 8/420/406/409 IPC R/W Sec. 66 D of I.T. Act) in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Kamrup (M) against accused Rahul Lochan Huzuri, assistant in the finance and accounts department of AMTRON and Shankar Anbalagan, owner of M/s SRS Raw Material Traders of Salem, Tamil Nadu for their involvement in fraudulent siphoning off of Rs 2,57,07,578 from the official account of AMTRON, a Government of Assam undertaking.

The case was registered on November 11, 2021 for alleged transfer of an amount of Rs 2,57,07,578 from the AMTRON account to a bank account of a business establishment at Salem, Tamil Nadu, which did not have any relation with AMTRON.

"CID Assam swung into action and through the online helpline No 155260, immediately froze Rs 1,21,61,372 in the receiver's account at Salem Branch, Tamil Nadu of ICICI Bank. During investigation, it was revealed that the arrested accused Rahul Lochan Huzuri, a contractual employee of AMTRON and sole operator of the official e-mail account of AMTRON had sent an e-mail to Bank of Maharashtra, Guwahati Branch, Panbazar instructing the bank to transfer the amount of Rs 2,57,07,578 to the third party who had no business relation with AMTRON," the CID said in a statement.

Evidence collected from the AMTRON office revealed that the accused Rahul Lochan Huzuri was solely in possession of the of the user ID and password of the said email account.

The CID team went to various places in Tamil Nadu and could unearth evidences related to the case. Houses of co-accused people in Tamil Nadu were searched and documentary evidences collected. Shankar Anbalagan who was in receipt of the money transacted fraudulently, was also arrested. Several other bank accounts which received the fraud amounts due to further transfer of money had been identified and accounts have been frozen, the statement said.

Due to continuous pressure and follow-up by CID Assam, a total of Rs 2,13,89,498 could be recovered from various banks and the same has been re-credited to the account of AMTRON maintained at Bank of Maharashtra, Panbazar, Guwahati.

Efforts are on to recover the remaining amount of Rs 38 lakh which had been withdrawn by cash in Tamil Nadu.

"The recovery and immediate arrest of the accused was a result of swift action by the CID by using the latest cyber forensic tools in tracing the online transactions and emails. Further investigation to recover the remaining Rs 38 lakh and to arrest the other absconding accused in Tamil Nadu will continue," a CID official said.

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