Tamil Nadu: Ex-sub postmaster jailed for Rs 30 lakh misappropriation

The accused had fraudulently withdrawn the money from the government account under the head RD withdrawal.
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CHENNAI : A special CBI court in Chennai convicted a former sub postmaster in Tiruvallur district for allegedly misappropriating Rs 30.91 lakh from the department between 2006-2011, CBI said on Friday. The judge sentenced V C Dhanalakshmi, then sub postmaster, Thiruvalangadu sub post office, to two years rigorous imprisonment with a fine of Rs 50,000.

A case was registered by CBI on December 29, 2016, against Dhanalakshmi for misappropriating funds by reviving and closing already closed postal recurring deposits accounts and by part withdrawal from RD accounts of account holders without their knowledge. False entries were made by creating fabricated vouchers.

CBI filed a chargesheet on July 29, 2017. It was found that Dhanalakshmi had committed multiple frauds to the tune of Rs 38.81 lakh from 191 RD of deposits by closure/repeated closure/part withdrawals by forging the signatures or by signing under fictitious names. The accused had fraudulently withdrawn the money from the government account under the head RD withdrawal.

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