In one bizarre incident, a 19-year-old was recently arrested for his attempt to “open a branch of the State Bank of India” at Panruti near Tamil Nadu. The man is reportedly the son of a retired SBI employee.
He had readied fake seals and challans of the bank and also had cash counting machines among other things required to run a bank. He had arranged all this on the upper floor of his residence. And also had furniture replicating the one found at SBI banks. However, he had not put u a signboard.
The matter came into light after the SBI Panruti branch manager lodged a complaint against him. The manager told the police everything following a tip-off by a customer that the man was “opening an SBI branch and has challans as well.”
Following the complaint, the man and the ones involved in making fake challans and seals have been arrested. They were produced before a magistrate court and enlarged on bail.
When asked if he had fooled any person, the police told the court that they have not received any such complaint.
The person’s mother who has mobility issues, and a relative woman living in the same house confessed that they had no clue about his “idea.”
Further investigation revealed that he had always wanted to work in a bank and this had closely watched its functioning and was very knowledgable about it.
“He even calmly told us that he awaited approval from Mumbai to open the (SBI) branch and that he was about to put up a signboard,” the inspector said. The man has also tried to get a job in SBI on compassionate grounds following the death of his father.