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Friday, June 30, 2017

Daily News & Analysis CBI charges postal officials in illegal currency exchange case

The CBI has filed a charge sheet against a former director of Postal Services and three other officials of the department for alleged fraudulent exchange of demonetised currency notes worth Rs 1.15 crore. 

The CBI has charged Director Manoj Kumar, an Indian Postal Service officer who was posted at the office of the chief post master general (CPMG) in Ahmedabad in Gujarat, along with three others -- a Senior Post Master, a Deputy Post Master and a Senior Superintendent of Post. 

"...demonetisation was announced on November 8, 2016 and November 9 was a non-financial day. During inspection of Navrangpura HO Post Office, it was revealed that an amount of Rs 6.59 lakh was found unauthorisedly exchanged on November 9, 2016," CBI spokesperson R K Gaur said here today. 

He said it was also alleged that Kumar, the then Director of Postal Services, while posted in the office of the CPMG in Ahmedabad, got an amount of Rs 1.04 crore exchanged through various officials of the postal department and post offices. 

Of this, Rs 90 lakh was allegedly exchanged from Navrangpura Post Office, where the Senior Post Master and the Deputy Post Master were posted. 

"Similarly, the Senior Superintendent of Post, Navrangpura HO, Ahmedabad allegedly got Rs 11 lakh exchanged illegally from Navrangpura Post Office," he said. 

The spokesperson said that after thorough investigation, the charge sheet was filed in the designated court in Ahmedabad. 
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