Nagpur: Giving a jolt to Nirmal Ujjwal Credit Cooperative Society Secretary Pramod Manmode, the District and Sessions Court in Nagpur rejected his ad-interim anticipatory bail pertaining to an offence registered against him at Old Kamptee Police Station, according to a report in a local English daily.
The court, while rejecting Manmode’s ad-interim bail plea, observed that the offence registered against Manmode, who was booked under Sections 120-B, 406, 420, 409, 467, 468, 471 of the Indian Penal Code, are serious in nature. It is necessary to ascertain the role of the accused from the case diary. It is not desirable to grant ad-interim anticipatory bail, the court of Additional Sessions Judge RS Agrawal said.
It may be mentioned that last month, Old Kamptee police lodged an offence against Manmode and two employees of Nirmal Urban Cooperative Bank (Kamptee branch) Sachin Bhomble and Shailesh Kochankar for duping a retired employee of Western Coalfields Limited and his daughter of Rs 3 lakh.
According to the complainant Karuna Wasnik, Bhomble lured her and her father with a good interest rate on a fixed deposit (FD) and savings accounts in the cooperative bank. “When the duo opened the savings account and deposited Rs3 lakh in FD, Bhomble allegedly obtained Rs6 lakh loan against the FD,” Wasnik said in her FIR. When Bhomble was contacted later, he said he gave the money generated through bank fraud to Manmode as he was contesting Assembly polls in 2019, police said, referring to the FIR.
According to the report, Bhomble also confessed that he and Kochankar allegedly paid depositors’ Rs 3.5 crore to Manmode for the election.
This is not the first time that Manmode’s plea has been rejected. On September 13, in another financial fraud case, Manmode was denied anticipatory bail by the Sessions Court. The court ruled that Manmode must be detained by police while the case is investigated. This decision was made by Judge GP Deshmukh, the report added.
The report further said that with around 10 offences registered against him in different cases, complainants demanded the Maharashtra Government to book Manmode under the Maharashtra Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishments) Act, 1999.