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Man forges cheque missing from Chennai courier office

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Nerul resident on the run after withdrawing over ₹5 lakh

The NRI Coastal police are on the lookout for a man identified as Baban Patil, who fraudulently procured a cheque meant for another firm from a courier office in Chennai, and used it to credit money into his account.

A cheque dated July 30 for ₹74,709, which was sent by Pondicherry Institute of Medical Science to BHM Surgical Private Limited, went missing from the courier office in Chennai.

On August 16, Mr. Patil, a resident of Nerul, tried to encash ₹5,74,709 from the Central Bank of India, Seawoods branch, using the same cheque which had his name printed on it.

When the bank manager, Nisha Saha, enquired with Mr. Patil on why Madras Medical Mission that runs the Pondicherry institute was paying him, he said that he ran a medical shop and they had business deals. Ms. Saha then dialled the land line number of the institute to verify if the payment should be made and the person on the other side confirmed it.

“Suspicious, Ms. Saha let Mr. Patil withdraw only ₹2.5 lakh. But Mr. Patil on the same day visited the Vashi branch of the bank and did a RTGS transaction of ₹2.5 lakh and an IMPS transaction of ₹74,709 into his Canara Bank account,” an officer from NRI Coastal police station said.

The incident came to light when the institute from Puducherry contacted the Central Bank on August 17 and said that the bank had issued an extra ₹5 lakh against its cheque for ₹74,709. “Ms. Saha then called up Mr. Patil and told him that he would have to return the money to the bank. He accepted his mistake and said he would come with the money but did not turn up. On learning that a cheque which had originally the name of BHM Surgical Private Limited printed on it and was fraudulently changed to Mr. Patil’s name, Ms. Saha filed a complaint with us on November 7,” the officer said.

The police have booked Mr. Patil under sections of cheating and forgery of the Indian Penal Code. “Only after he is arrested, we will come to know how he procured the cheque and how he made changes on the cheque,” senior police inspector Tanvir Shaikh from NRI Coastal police station said.

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