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MADURAI: The Madurai Bench of the Madras High Court has directed the Thanjavur District Crime Branch police to complete the investigation in the Rs.3.5-crore cheating case against the manager of a nationalised bank within two months.
Refusing to transfer the case to the Crime Branch-CID, as sought by the petitioner, Justice S.R. Singharavelu allowed the Crime Branch to continue the investigation but directed the agency to complete the probe within the stipulated time.
In his petition, Manickam (45) of Orathanadu in Thanjavur district stated that his deceased wife, Lakshmi, was employed in Malaysia since 1999. She won Rs.3.5 crores in a lottery drawn in Malaysia and it was deposited in the Thanjavur branch of a nationalised bank with the help of her friend, Latha, also a resident of Thanjavur.
Later, on returning home after completing her employment contract in Malaysia, Lakshmi died on September 1, 2003. Thereafter, when the petitioner approached the bank he was shocked to know that the then manager had been transferred. The present officer blatantly cancelled the passbook and disputed any such deposit in the bank.
Pointing out that the crime branch police had assured the petitioner of transferring investigation to the Crime Branch-CID since a huge amount was involved in the case, the petitioner's counsel M. Karunanidhi said despite filing a complaint on July 5, 2004, the local police were yet to make any progress in the investigation.
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