4 years after his arrest, the Dewas bank note press officer who made headlines for stealing Rs. 90 lakhs currency has been slapped with a life imprisonment term. The accused Manohar Verma received the judgement by the court of Dewas.

The third additional sessions judge Krishna Paraste issued the verdict for the accused under Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent) and Section 489 (b) (tampering with property mark with intent to cause) of the Indian Penal Code.

Earlier in January 2018, Manohar Verma was detained by CISF personnel and was later handed to the Madhya Pradesh police under suspicion of theft of defective currency from the note press. After the arrest, Manohar confessed that he used to drop a couple of bundles of defective currency notes in a wooden box and used to make his way out of the press by hiding the bundles in his shoes, jacket and vest.

It should be noted that the accused had started working at the note press in the position of lower division clerk and moved his way up to deputy control officer.

The Facts of the Matter

Over four years after his immediate arrest, the accused of the Dewas Bank Note Press (BNP) robbery, was awarded a life-imprisonment term. The ruling came from additional sessions judge Krishna Paraste who issued the verdict earlier on Wednesday.

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What the Judgement Read?

According to Judge Krishna Paraste verdict, the accused’s actions were heinous in nature. The court in its verdict read a life imprisonment sentence to Manohar Verma under Section 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant, or by banker, merchant or agent), and Section 489 (b) (using as genuine, forged or counterfeit currency-notes or bank-notes).

Further, a fine of Rs. 25,000 was imposed on him for charges filed under each of the IPC sections – Section 489 and Section 409. The court also imposed another fine of Rs. 25,000 and an additional 7 year of life imprisonment.

The Shocking Case or Robbery from Note Press

For the unversed, the shocking case of robbery occurred earlier in January 2018. The accused Manohar Verma was reportedly an employee at the Bank Note Press (BNP), Dewas and was employed as a deputy control officer. Verma’s wrongdoings came into the foray when CISF personnel at the BNP got suspicious of his movements and nabbed him.

After being handed over to the Madhya Pradesh Police, Verma admitted that he used to drop a couple of bundles of defective notes in a wooden box. He then used to pick those bundles and put them in the drawers in his office.

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Accused Stole as much as Rs. 90.59 Lakhs

On his way out of the BNP every day, the accused used to hide the currency bundles in his shoes, jacket, and vest. After the initial investigation, the police revealed that Rs. 26.09 lakhs in Rs. 500 notes and Rs. 200 notes were seized from the accused’s drawers. When the police further carried raids in the accused’s home, a total of Rs. 90.59 lakhs was seized.

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How CISF Personnel Got Suspicious of Accused

According to reports, Verma had served at the BNP for over thirty-three years and was acutely aware of the movement of CISF personnel, the blind spots of the CCTV cameras, and other crucial details. Reportedly, at the press, there was a large pillar in the corridor that helped Verma fool the surveillance. However, when the CISF personnel observed the accused’s frequent movements around the pillar, they grew suspicious and acted on the same.


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