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CBI registers case against postal dept employees

Bhubaneswar: CBI has registered a case of fraud and cheating against two poastal department employees for allowing cash deposits of Rs 36.80 lakh here during demonitisation.

The then in-charge post master and postal assistant at Saheed Nagar post office here had allegedly abused their official position and fraudulently allowed cash deposit of Rs 36,80,930 approximately in the postal savings accounts of seven people, official sources said.

The deposit was received from a superintendent of Central Excise department and six other people on November 9, 2016, which was declared as a non-business working day by the postal department after announcement of demonetisation of high value notes on November 8, 2016, they said.

The case against the two was registered under various sections of the IPC and sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, the sources said.

CBI had conducted searches at the office and residential premises of accused persons, including the depositors and postal account holders in and around Bhubaneswar which led to the recovery of documents, they said.

A bank locker key, documents related to various bank accounts and immovable property including a duplex house at Kalinga Nagar in Jajpur district and land/plots at Ugalapada and Patharagadia in Khorda district and Rs 4.40 lakh in cash were recovered from the residence of the superintendent of Central Excise here, the CBI sources said adding investigation of the case is on.

—PTI