Crime Branch books custodian and area manager of in an atm fraud of`45.00 LACS


Jammu, Oct 15: A written complaint lodged by Sh. Taufeeq Mughal S/o Sh. Showkat Mughal (Branch Manager) Securitrans India Pvt. Ltd. branch office R.P-9 Complex Ground Floor 4/2 Ext. Trikuta Nagar, Jammu, duly endorsed by the Ld. Chief Judicial Magistrate, Jammu, was received in Crime Branch, Jammu wherein the complainant had alleged that M/s Securitrans India Pvt. Ltd (SIPL) is a company incorporated under the Indian Companies Act, 1956 and is engaged in providing Cash Management Services for commercial banks and covers about 700 ATMs of various banks like Punjab National Bank. HDFC, AXIS, SBI, Kotak Mahindra, ICICI in Jammu and Kashmir Region, including other States in the country. The company replenishes cash as per Bank requirement and for this purpose, the company had employed/engaged its employees called Custodians. It was further alleged that, one Sanjay Johar who was the Custodian of the Company was entrusted the job to replenish cash in the ATMs in Jammu Region as per the requirement and demand from the respective banks and Mr. Ashish Sharma who was the Area Manager was entrusted the job to look after the work of employees of the said company and effect changes in the routes of the Custodians as per norms of the company. But the manager did not change the routes of their custodians particularly Mr. Sanjay Johar, as both, in connivance with each other, have continuously and with ulterior motives siphoned off the public money. It was also alleged that as per records said Custodian Sanjay Johar had manipulated the dispense counters by not providing the correct number details and pocketed the difference amount of `45,00,000/- besides `10,00,000/- from ATMs situated at Vinayak Bazar, Dogra Chowk and Satwari Jammu.

On receipt of this complaint, an enquiry was initiated in Crime Branch, Jammu and during the course of enquiry it was found that while dispensation of the cash by the accused the safe/vault of the ATM was opened with the application of both the combinations as the password and the combination/keys were lying with the accused Sanjay Johar only and he had not shared the same with the other custodian. It also came to fore that accused Sanjay Johar in connivance with Ashish Sharma, Ex-Area Manager used to operate single handedly in various ATMs and intentionally defaulted by depositing less amount of `45,00,000/- and misappropriated the amount by preparing false records, which fact surfaced during the course of audit by one of the banks and thus have caused a huge loss of the public money, as such, a formal case FIR was registered u/s 420,409,465,467,468,471,120-B RPC and investigation has been taken up.

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