Bank manager jailed for allegedly diverting Rs 5.7 crore to 30 different accounts . Hari Shankar said he lost money to cybercriminals who lured him with a dating app .
BENGALURU (BENGALURU): On Wednesday, a bank manager was jailed for allegedly diverting Rs 5.7 crore to 30 different accounts, including 28 in west Bengaluru.Hari Shankar, the branch manager of Indian Banks Hanumanthnagar, is accused.He said he lost money to cybercriminals who lured him with a dating app.Shankar was arrested and charged with ten days in police detention on Wednesday.In the FIR, assistant branch manager Kausalya Jerai and clerk Muniraju have been listed as suspects.The suspected fraud occurred between May 13 and May 19, and was exposed as part of an internal investigation into the denial of Rs 5.7 crore in the name of a bank customer.According to information, a woman customer deposited Rs 1.3 crore in her name and recently obtained Rs 75 lakh as a loan against it.To obtain the loan, she filed the deposit paperwork with the bank. According to an internal investigation by the bank, the bank diverted the funds to 28 accounts opened in various banks in West Bengal and two accounts in Karnataka in 136 transactions.Shankar had used the two colleagues to commit fraud, according to police, who said they could be arrested if their role is proven.Officers reported that Indian Bank had frozen a bank account, which the terrorists diverted Rs 7 lakh.Shankar confessed to the crime and claimed to be tricked by cybercriminals, according to police. We are not believing his assessment.According to an investigating officer, we will take his cellphone, which he had surrendered during the internal investigation, for forensic examination.