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HC urged to reopen fraud case after cops file closure report

Bombay High Court

Mumbai: The father of a lady accountant of a cooperative society, who committed suicide two days after being questioned by seniors in a fraud at her workplace, has urged the Bombay High Court to order reopening of the case to probe the involvement of others in the alleged malpractice.

A division bench of justices Ranjit More and Anuja Prabhudessai, on February 9, ordered the prosecution to file a reply to the petition and also submit a copy of summary report filed by police before a Magistrate, saying the case may be abated or closed in view of the death of the accountant.

The accountant, who was working in Chinchani branch of Setu Co-operative Credit Society here had committed suicide on June 8 2012, two days after she was called for questioning by her seniors after a fraud was detected in the society’s accounts.

Her father filed a petition through lawyer Aniket Nikam, saying police had closed the case on the ground that the accountant alleged to have been involved in the fraud had died. However, the petitioner argued that his daughter alone may not have been involved and there could be other staff of the society also involved in the alleged crime.

Advocate Nikam argued that police may have closed the case in order to protect other persons in the alleged fraud and hence it would be just and proper if the case is re-investigated.

Nikam argued the forensic audit report in respect of transactions of the said society categorically said that the alleged fraud could not have been possible without the involvement of other officers because the accounts of members including the Chairman were used for parking of huge funds.

The matter would be heard again on February 23 when police files a reply and the summary report of the closure of the case.

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