Bank Staff Held While Carrying Cash To Champua MLA’s House


Keonjhar: At least three persons including a bank manager were arrested by police at Basudevpur under Joda Tehsil in the district today while carrying Rs 50 lakh in a private vehicle to Champua MLA Sanatan Mahakud’s house flouting all rules and regulations of the bank.

Keonjhar Sadar Police received information on a Hyundai SUV (Registration No. OR 02 BV 8007) boarded by Joda IndusInd Bank Branch Manager Manas Kumar Rout and three others carrying Rs 50 lakh in cash, without prior requisition to police. Suspecting that the cash might be getting transferred for unlawful activities, a police team under SDPO Sriharsha Mishra put up a blockade near Basudevpur and arrested the trio after detaining the vehicle.

However, the accused bank manager ruled out any violation of rule in the cash transportation and claimed that everything was being done under bank’s provision available for premium customers like the Champua MLA.

“The cash was being sent to Mahakud following a request from him for the same. While there is a provision in the bank for such type of transactions, there is also a restriction to not carry cash in private vehicle. As the bank’s vehicle was out of order, I chose to carry cash in my vehicle accompanying a security guard and a colleague,” said Rout.

Police said the matter is under investigation and everything would become clear once the probe is completed.


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