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Allahabad High Court denies bail to four accused of fraudulently withdrawing ₹5 lakh from bank account of former HC judge

Pertinently, single-judge Justice Shekhar Yadav also observed that bank has to take responsibility if cyber criminals rob customers’ money from the bank.

“[Customers’] money should be kept safe by the bank and if in any way money is withdrawn by cyber criminals by robbing his bank account, then the bank will have to take responsibility for it,” the Court said.

The Court was hearing a bail plea of accused Neeraj Mandal, Tapan Mandal, Shubo Shah and Tauseef Zaman who were arrested in a case of the cyber fraud lodged against them based on a complaint by former Allahabad High Court judge, Justice Poonam Srivastava.

In her complaint, the judge had alleged that some unknown people had withdrawn ₹5 lakh from her bank account on December 4, 2020, after she was tricked into giving personal details to a person who called her up identifying himself as a bank official.

Notably, towards tackling bank frauds, the Court agreed with the argument made by the Union of India to file a review petition against the Supreme Court’s Aadhaar verdict.

The top Court in Puttuswamy had held that the move of mandatory-linking of Aadhaar with bank accounts does not satisfy the test of proportionality.

The Court agrees with the contention of Shri S.P.Sing that he should file a review petition in the Supreme Court regarding the mandatory linking of the Aadhaar card so that the Aadhaar card could be linked with the bank account holders and online bank fraud can be prevented,” the Court said.

Source: Barandbench

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