The Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust in Ayodhya, has been defrauded of Rs 6 lakh through two fake cheques. While verifying the third cheque, the fraud was detected and after which, trust secretary, Champat Rai filed an FIR with the Ayodhya police. The investigation is going on and no arrests have been made so far.
On 9th September, Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust secretary, Champat Rai filed an FIR, that an amount of Rs 6 Lakh has been withdrawn from the trust’s account, using two fraud cheques, one of Rs 2.5 lakh and the other of Rs 3.5 lakh. The transaction was carried out in Lucknow branch of Punjab National Bank.
“On 1 September, Rs 2,50,000 was transferred to a Punjab National Bank account through cheque number 740799. A week later, cheque number 740800 was used to transfer Rs 3,50,000 to the same PNB account. However, when another cheque for Rs 9,86,000 was presented to the Bank of Baroda office on 9th September, the bank called Champat Rai for verification. Rai went through the cheque book and found the cheque, bearing that account number, was still in possession. So, he decided to file an FIR with the Kotwali Police Station on the night of Wednesday,” said Rajesh Kumar, Ayodhya’s Circle Officer to ANI.
Kumar added that investigation is going on and they will arrest the culprit pretty soon. “We have a suspicion that this may be the work of a person, who is quite close to the trust’s members and might have had regular interactions with them. We are going through all possible angles of this forgery”, said CO Rajesh Kumar.
In February this year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the constitution of Shri Ram Janmabhoomi Teerth Kshetra Trust to oversee the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.
The trust, on August 20, said that the construction of the Ram Mandir has begun. It is estimated that it will take around 3.5 years to construct the Ram Temple and will be open for devotees by the end of 2023.