Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Narendra Modi) recently visited Dhaka on the occasion of the 50th Independence Day of Bangladesh. The whole world knows that India has played an important role in Bangladesh’s freedom struggle. Bangladesh, which was called East Pakistan in 1947 after the partition of India and Pakistan, became independent in 1971 and became an independent country. In this, the Indian Army played an important role and won the war against the Pakistani Army.
At that time, a Nagarwala Scandal surfaced, which stirred up the whole world including India. In this scandal, a scamster in the voice of the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had cheated 60 lakh rupees from the State Bank of India (SBI). In the national capital, about 60 years ago, SBI cheated Rs 60 lakhs, in which the name of PM House came up. The incident took place in the name of Top Secret Mission, which still remains the top mystery.
Cheating of indira gandhi’s voice
Rustam Sohrab Nagarwala, a former intelligence officer, mimicked the voice of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and called the SBI branch located on Parliament Street and extorted Rs 60 lakh from him. The scam came to light when Nagarwala, after taking the money, gave a lot of notes to the taxi. After this, Ved Prakash Malhotra, the head cashier of SBI, had to resign.
Nagarwala was arrested by the police and died mysteriously in his prison. Nagarwala had made excuses for withdrawing money that he had asked for money at the behest of the Prime Minister’s Office and that the money should be needed to deal with the Bangladesh crisis. At that time the liberation struggle was in full swing in East Pakistan i.e. today’s Bangladesh.
This is the whole story
The incident took place on May 24, 1971 when a call was received from Ved Prakash Malhotra, Chief Cashier of the Bank, at SBI’s Parliament Street branch in the morning. On the other end of the phone, Rustom Sohrab Nagarwala said that he is speaking from the Prime Minister’s Office, Parmeshwar Narayan Haksar, the Prime Minister’s Principal Secretary, Parmeshwar Narayan Haksar. According to the report at the time, he said that the Prime Minister needed Rs 60 lakh for a covert operation in Bangladesh.
Then Nagarwala asked Malhotra to take talks with the Prime Minister. A few seconds later, a woman (whose voice matched that of Indira Gandhi) asked Malhotra to come to the Bible Bhavan on his own with this money. There, a person will meet you and a code will say, Bangladesh ka Babu … You have to say in response, Bar at at law … After that you will hand over that money to them and Keep this matter completely secret.
Malhotra goes out with 60 lakh rupees
Malhotra then complied with the order and asked Deputy Chief Cashier Ram Prakash Batra to keep Rs 60 lakh in a cash box. After this, two peons loaded the cash trunk into the bank car and Malhotra himself drove it to the Bible House. After the car stopped, a person came and said that code word in front of them. Then the man sat in the bank’s car and Malhotra and he reached the taxi stand at the junction of Sardar Patel Marg and Panchsheel Marg.
There the man took off the trunk and asked Malhotra to go to the Prime Minister’s residence and get a voucher of this amount. When Malhotra reached PM House, it was found that Prime Minister Indira Gandhi is in Parliament, then when he reached Parliament, he did not meet the PM but the staff had a conversation with PN Haksar. Haksar was shocked to hear this and told that he did not make such a call, go and get an FIR in the police. After this Malhotra got nervous and went to register an FIR.
Police arrested Nagarwala
Later it was revealed that the person’s name is Rustom Sohrab Nagarwala. Nagarwala was serving as a Captain in the Indian Army some time ago and was working for the Indian intelligence agency RAW at that time. Later, the police swung into action and arrested Nagarwala from Parsi Dharamshala near Delhi Gate around 10 pm and recovered Rs 59 lakh 95 thousand from the house of one of his friends in the Defense Colony. This entire campaign was called Operation Toofan.
Punishment declared in just 10 minutes
After just 10 minutes of hearing, the Sessions Court sentenced Nagarwala to four years of imprisonment and a fine of one thousand rupees. On 27 May 1971, Nagarwala confessed to his crime in the court. On the same day, the police filed a case against Nagarwala in the court of Judicial Magistrate KP Khanna and it was perhaps for the first time in India’s judicial history that an accused was prosecuted and punished within three days of his arrest. It was heard, but no one could get to the bottom of this incident.
A mysterious twist took place in the case in early February 1972, Nagarwala was admitted to the Tihar Jail hospital and from there he was rushed to the GB Pant Hospital on 21 February, where he was ill on 2 March. Then at 15:15, Nagarwala died of a heart attack. When the Janata Party government came to power in 1977, it ordered an inquiry into the circumstances of Nagarwala’s death. For this, the Jaganmohan Reddy Commission was created. But nothing new came out in this investigation.
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