Ram Mandir construction trust duped of Rs 6 lakh, FIR registered
- The scam came to fore when the trust's scretary got a verification call for the third cheque
- The first two cloned cheques were deposited for clearance on September 1 and 3
- A first Information report was registered against a group of fraudsters
Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust, the account which handles the collection of money for the Ram temple construction in Ayodhya, was defrauded of Rs 6 lakh, Ayodhya’s deputy inspector general, Deepak Kumar, said on Thursday.
According to media reports, the fraudsters used cloned cheques of Rs 2.5 lakh and Rs 3.5 lakh, to dupe the trust. The cheques were deposited in the bank for clearance on September 1 and September 3.
Later, on the complaint of the trust’s secretary, Champat Rai, a First Information Report (FIR) was registered.
“A police team is probing the money trail to trace the fraudsters and people involved in compromising the trust bank account details to unearth the racket involved the crime,” Deepak Kumar was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times, adding that the amount withdrawn was transferred to a Punjab National Bank account.
Media reports state that 'authorities have confirmed original cheques of the same serial numbers, that were used to withdraw the money are with them'.
The scam came to the fore when Champat Rai got a verification call from the bank when a third cloned cheque of Rs 9.86 lakh was deposited for clearance.
FIR has been registered under the Indian Penal Code (IPC)’s sections 419 (impersonation) and 420 (cheating), 467 (forgery of valuable security), 468 (forgery for cheating) and 471 (using forged cheque as original).