Bhubaneswar: The Directorate of Enforcement (ED) has attached movable and immovable assets to the tune of Rs 1.05 crore of a former bank cashier and his wife in Odisha in connection with a cheating case.
The ED attached the assets of former head cashier of Bank of Maharashtra in Cuttack, Bedabyas Barik, and his wife Sarmila Panda under Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002.
The ED had initiated money laundering investigation against Bedabyas on the basis of an FIR registered by the ACB, CBI, Bhubaneswar under various sections of Indian Penal Code, 1860 and Sections 13 (2) r/w 13 (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.
Bedabyas allegedly defrauded Sukanti Barick, wife of Bijaya Ketan Barick, a Delhi-based person to the tune of Rs 4.78 crore on the pretext of investing the money in various investment schemes of Bank of Maharashtra.
The attached properties include deposits in eight bank accounts, four landed properties and a flat, ED sources said.
During investigation, it came to the fore that Bedabyas cheated Sukanti by abusing his official position in between 2008 and 2012.
“The properties acquired by the accused using the proceeds from the crime have been attached under Section 5 (1) of PMLA, 2002. Further investigation is underway,” said an official of ED.