Rs 820 crore payments scam in UCO Bank: CBI raids in 7 cities
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Rs 820 crore payments scam in UCO Bank: CBI raids in 7 cities

According to CBI, the searches in seven cities of Rajasthan and Maharashtra were focused on people who received the money and withdrew it rather than returning it to UCO bank.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) conducted searches at 67 locations in seven cities across Rajasthan and Maharashtra in connection with suspicious Rs 820 crore IMPS transactions at UCO bank.

Last year, over 8,53,049 IMPS (Immediate Payment System) transactions took place between November 10-13 in which Rs 820 crore was wrongfully transferred to the accounts of over 41,000 UCO Bank account holders.

"IMPS inward transactions initiated from around 14,600 account holders of seven private banks were wrongfully posted in the accounts of over 41,000 UCO Bank account holders. This resulted in Rs 820 crore being credited to UCO Bank accounts without actual debiting from the originating banks," a CBI spokesperson said in connection with the raids.

The searches in Rajasthan and Maharashtra were conducted on people who received the money and withdrew it rather than returning it to the bank, the CBI spokesperson added.


This is the second round of searches in the case.

In December 2023, searches were conducted at 13 locations involving private individuals and UCO Bank officials in Kolkata and Mangalore.

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Rs 820 crore payments scam in UCO Bank: CBI raids in 7 cities

"During these operations, approximately 130 incriminating documents related to UCO Bank and IDFC, as well as 43 digital devices (including 40 mobile phones, 2 hard disks, and 1 internet dongle) were seized for forensic analysis," the spokesperson said.

"Additionally, 30 suspects were also found and examined on the spot," he added.

The case was registered in late November 2023 on a complaint from UCO Bank. It has been alleged that between November 10 and 13, IMPS inward transactions from around 14,600 account holders of seven private banks were wrongfully posted in the accounts of over 41,000 UCO Bank account holders.

As a result, Rs 820 crore was credited to UCO Bank accounts without the money actually being debited from their source banks.

Source: India Today

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