Hard to believe but the office of a nationalised bank has identified a small farmer in Uttar Pradesh as a guarantor of liquor baron, Vijay Mallya, who is being wanted in money laundering case and charges of defaulting on Rs 9,000 crores loans.
The farmer from Pilibhit, Manmohan Singh, has now been allegedly deprived of banking facilities as well as all kinds of government-sponsored schemes after the bank froze his account.
A report in Times of India quoted the farmer as saying that he had never met or seen Mallya.
The two accounts of Singh frozen by bank reportedly has Rs 4,000 and Rs 8,000 in savings respectively.
Singh said, “I do not understand how this happened. I do not know anything about Mallya and have never visited Mumbai in my life. Because the bank froze my accounts, I can’t avail any government-sponsored scheme. I was forced to sell my entire wheat crop to private traders at very low prices. I could not get MSP because payment for that is directly made to the bank account, which in my case is frozen.”
The branch manager of Bank of Baroda’s Naand branch, Mange Ram, said that Manmohan Singh had been operating both the bank accounts for the last 8 years and he was found to be absolutely genuine in his dealings. He said that he had sent a favourable report about Singh to the Mumbai regional office but it has still not taken any steps.