Laxman case: Izazul Sheikh admits to opening 31 bank accounts

Laxman case: Izazul Sheikh admits to opening 31 bank accounts

A man arrested in connection with hacking former cricketer V V S Laxman's bank account has revealed that he opened over 30 accounts in Kolkata to siphon off funds, a senior police official said here today.

Izazul Sheikh, who was brought here last night from Kolkata on a transit warrant, confessed to opening 31 accounts in different banks in Kolkata into which the "hacked" money was deposited, Additional DCP (Crime), Cyberabad, G Janaki Sharmila told PTI.

"He (Sheikh) does not know hacking, but those behind the act used to transfer the money into those accounts, which were opened by him in different names and enterprises through forged documents given by hackers, who also gave him a two per cent commission per transaction," she said.

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 (at SR Nagar here) through net banking, would be produced before a local court tomorrow.

A petition would be filed seeking his police custody for further interrogation to find out details about the accused "hackers", she said.

"We are verifying with various banks, where the forged accounts were opened, to know the fraudulently withdrawn amount. We will crack the case soon," she said.

Cyberabad police suspects that hackers may have opened Laxman's email account and sent a mail to the bank, requesting the manager to transfer Rs 10 lakh to an account opened in a nationalised bank at Salt Lake in Kolkata, in the name of a fictitious 'Galaxy Enterprises'. 

Believing that it was a "genuine" mail from Laxman, the bank here transferred the money.

However, the manager of the nationalised bank reported to the police about an "unusual transaction" since such a large amount had never been credited to that account in the past, which led to Sheikh's arrest.

Laxman had complained to the Cyberabad Police after he received an SMS indicating transfer of money, which he had not done.

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