A case of cheating of more than one crore rupees has come to light from Serum Institute of India (SII), a vaccine manufacturing company, which was in discussion regarding the production of Corona virus vaccine Kovishield. A complaint has also been lodged with the Pune Police regarding cheating. The fraudsters had sent a message in the name of Adar Poonawalla, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of SII, demanding transfer of money.
An official from the Bundesgarden police station said the fraud took place between the afternoon of Wednesday and Thursday. Senior Inspector Pratap Mankar said that an FIR has been registered against unknown persons for cheating and offenses under the Information Technology Act.
In the message, he described himself as Adar Poonawalla
According to the FIR, one of the directors of SII, Satish Deshpande, received a WhatsApp message from a person who identified himself as Adar Poonawalla. According to the complaint filed by the finance manager of the firm, the sender asked Deshpande to transfer the money to certain bank accounts immediately.
Money transferred understanding CEO’s message
Mankar said that assuming that the message was from the CEO (CEO), the company officials transferred Rs 1,01,01,554 online. He told that but later it was found that Poonawalla had never sent any such WhatsApp message. He said that investigation is going on in the matter. SII has a plant near Pune. SII is manufacturing the anti-coronavirus vaccine Kovishield, among other vaccines.
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