Bandra-based businessman Sirish Kirtikar (63), a senior citizen filed a case against the State Bank of Patiala with the Maharashtra Consumer Disputes Redressal Commission. In his petition senior citizen has alleged that the bank has with drawn Rs 70 lakh from his bank account.
Kirtikar had nine accounts (savings and current) and 10 fixed deposit accounts at the bank’s Bandra branch. He told, “When I was going through a bank statement issued on April 23, 2009, it showed that amounts had been withdrawn from my accounts and deposited in accounts not known to me.”
Kirtikar in his complaint said he did not issue any instructions for withdrawal of the amount from his account. He added that when he asked the bank to furnish the original receipts of his 10 fixed deposit accounts- the value of which was more than Rs 1.12 crore—the bank gave him seven photocopies of the receipts.
He said, “When I got the receipts I was shocked to see that somebody had forged my signature and withdrawn money from the account.”
Officials of the State Bank of Patiala refused to comment. In a reply to an email sent by the Hindustan Times, M.K. Mohindroo, assistant general manager, Regional Office I (Mumbai) said, “Since the matter is subjudice, we are unable to give our comments.”
Kirtikar said that he has faced a loss of Rs 70 lakh due to “fraudulent acts on the part of bank”.
He also alleged that in spite of his several request bank is not providing the details of the day-to-day transactions of his accounts.
Kirtikar in a complaint said the bank told that the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) had permitted it to open accounts without consulting him.
He told, “When I filed an application under the Right to Information Act, the Reserve Bank of India told me it has not authorized any bank to open unauthorized accounts”.
Kirtikar has also filed a case with the Economic Offences Wing of the Mumbai police for a compensation of Rs 5 lakh, for the mental agony he has suffered.