Fake cheque racket: one held

Staff Reporter

KOCHI: The Ernakulam Crime Branch CID Special Investigation Group-2 has arrested a person suspected to be the main link in an inter-State fake cheque racket.

Antony, 42, of Alappuzha was arrested from Tirur on Friday evening after the police receiving a tip-off about his hideout. A team led by Superintendent of Police P.H. Ashraf and Deputy Superintendent of Police Alex. K. John made the arrest.

The accused was produced before the Kolenchery Judicial First Class Magistrate Court on Saturday and was remanded till October 25.

The police said Antony was wanted for cheating a contractor of Rs.6 lakh using a forged cheque in June 2006.

The case was that Antony, with the help of Ravindran, an employee of the Irrigation department and also the first accused in the case, cheated Kuriakose, a contractor.

The Crime Branch have already arrested Ravindran. Ravindran and the contractor were known to each other and the former exploited the acquaintance to hatch the plot.

Antony had been absconding since the Puthencruz police registered a case.

Later, the case was handed over to the Crime Branch as per the directions of the High Court. The police are on the lookout for the remaining four accused, who are absconding.

The cheque used in the forgery was issued by a new generation bank in the name of a North Indian woman. However, the address and signature on the cheque were forged, the police said.

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