A man arrested in connection with hacking former cricketer VVS Laxman’s bank account has revealed that he opened over 30 accounts in Kolkata to siphon off funds, a senior police official said here on Thursday.
Izathul Sheikh was brought to the city on Wednesday night from Kolkata on a seven-day transit warrant, confessed to opening 31 accounts in different banks in Kolkata into which the ‘hacked’ money was deposited, police said In the preliminary probe, Izathul told the police that he is suffering from short term memory loss.
Sheikh, a resident of Malda in West Bengal who was arrested on January 31 by the Kolkata police for allegedly siphoning off Rs 10 lakh from Laxman’s account through net banking, would be produced before a local court on Friday. Police would also seek his custody to further interrogate him in the case.
Izathul allegedly stole some high profile contacts such as email IDs, mobile numbers that were saved in Laxman’s email account. Police suspect that the offender might have stolen Laxman’s email ID from another high profile ID.
They suspect that Izathul may have opened the email account of Laxman and could have sent a mail to the bank, urging the manager to transfer Rs 10 lakh to an account
opened at a nationalised bank in Salt Lake in the name of a fictitious company. Believing that the mail was from Laxman, the bank here transferred the money.
However, the manager of the bank alerted police as such a large amount had not been deposited in the account earlier and subsequently Izathul was arrested.
Laxman lodged a complaint with the Cyber crime police of Cyberabad a few days ago alleging that he received an SMS stating that some amount was withdrawn from his personal account which he had not done. The Cyberabad police took up investigation and found that the transactions took place in Kolkata and SMS was generated from a server of a bank from Salt Lake locality in Kolkata.