Ranchi, Feb. 1: The CBI has lodged a second case against SBI banker Manoj Kumar who committed a banking scam to try his luck in politics by contesting assembly elections.
The matter is related to a fraud worth Rs. 2.92 Crore which took place at Shikaripara branch of the State Bank of India in Dumka district. An FIR has been lodged at Dhanbad unit of the CBI against the then branch manager Manoj Kumar under section 120 B, 409 and 420 of the IPC besides section 13 (2), 13 (1) (A) of the prevention of Corruption Act. The scam took place during August 2018 till September 2020.
This is the second case of banking fraud which the CBI is investigating against Manoj Kumar. In the first case, the CBI had charged him for committing a scam to the tune of Rs. 2.48 Crore. He was posted at Phulbanga branch (23 Feb 2018 till 1 August 2018), Barhait Bazar branch ( 25 July 2016 till 22 Feb 2018) and Sahibganj branch where he was posted from 31 January till 21 February 2014.
The CBI took up the second case against him following a complaint lodged by Nityesh Anand, Regional Manager, Regional Businesses Office, SBI, Dumka. In the complaint lodged on March 5 last year, Nityesh Anand alleged that Manoj Kumar while posted as branch manager at Shikaripara branch of India committed a fraud to the tune of Rs. 2.92 Crore in collusion with others.
The State Government of Jharkhand, Home Prison and Disaster Management Department, Ranchi on August 29 last year accorded consent under section 6 of the DSPE Act, 1946. Subsequently, the ministry of home and affairs issued notification and directed the CBI to lodge the FIR.
The initial investigation has suggested that he wanted to contest the assembly election from Rajmahal seat in Jharkhand for which he borrowed and spent a lot of money. But he could not get a ticket from any party. To compensate for the loss he committed a scam at the branches.