The FIR was filed against a fundraising agency that handled ticket sales



Ahemdabad: Gujarat Police have filed a complaint against some employees of a state fundraising agency for allegedly deceiving a bank by failing to deposit a cash amount of Rs 5.24 crore generated from the sale of the tickets for the Statue of Unity in Narmada District.

The amount was not deposited from November 2018 to March 2020.

The Statue of Unity has been one of the main tourist attractions in Gujarat since its inauguration.

The Statue of Unity Management has two bank accounts and had hired an agency to collect cash daily and deposit the money. But some agency staff reportedly did not deposit Rs 5,24,77,375 into bank accounts, Deputy Police Superintendent Vani Dudhat said.

The management of the private bank filed an FIR at the Kevadia police station, against unidentified persons working at the money collection agency and a case was registered under Articles 420 of the Indian Penal Code (cheat) , 406 (criminal breach of trust) and 120-B (conspiracy crime).

The Statue of Unity Management said the issue is between the bank and the fundraising agency. The bank has already deposited Rs 5.24 crore into their accounts.

In accordance with the FIR, the bank has been using the agency’s services for the collection and deposit of cash since 2003. The bank had also appointed the same agency to collect the cash generated by the sale of tickets at the Statue of Unity and deposit them on the accounts. Unity State authorities, police said.

Recently, an audit was carried out when Unity State officials discovered a mismatch between the amount mentioned on cash deposit slips and actual money deposited into bank accounts between November 2018 and March 2020.

The bank then conducted an investigation which found that some of the agency’s staff allegedly failed to deposit any money as a result of which the banking authorities filed an FIR.

(With contributions from the agency)



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