Seven individuals have been arrested for allegedly utilizing the picture of Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla and getting a director of the main vaccine-producing agency to switch Rs 1.01 crore to numerous financial institution accounts, Pune police mentioned on Friday.
As per the First Info Report registered with Bundgarden police station within the second week of September, the accused had used Poonawalla’s picture in a Whatsapp account and despatched messages about cash switch to Satish Deshpande, one of many administrators of the agency, an official mentioned.
Believing the messages have been from Poonawalla, the director transferred Rs 1.01 crore of the agency’s funds to eight financial institution accounts talked about within the Whatsapp dialog, he mentioned.
“The eight financial institution accounts belonged to eight individuals. Seven of those individuals have been arrested from totally different states, whereas hunt is on for the principle accused. We’ve got seized 40 accounts into which cash from these eight accounts was transferred,” mentioned Zone II Deputy Commissioner of Police Smarthna Patil.
“We’ve got managed to confiscate Rs 13 lakh in these accounts. The accused are B.Tech and B.Sc graduates hailing from Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Andhra Pradesh. One in all them works in a industrial financial institution,” the DCP added.
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