Monsoon bumper lottery winner fails to receive prize after fake complaint case
Kannur: P M Ajithan, a native of Parassinikadavu, was lucky to win the first prize of Kerala government monsoon bumper lottery. But unfortunately, the bank authority refused to award the cash prize to him after a native of Kozhikode named Muniyan filed a fake complaint claiming ownership of the first prize winning lottery. Ajithan who arrived at the bank with great plans to receive the cash prize with the winning lottery ticket was shocked to hear about the fake complaint against him.
Two months back, his possession of the lottery ticket was proved by a forensic test. But as the complaint was lodged, the bank account of the prize money was frozen. Explaining his distress over the police action on the fake complaint, Ajithan approached the High Court. Meanwhile, police reported that Muniyan who filed the fake complaint has been absconding from police.
Ajithan’s lottery ticket carrying the number ME 174253 won the first prize of Rs 5 cr in the draw held on July 18, 2019. After getting the good news, Ajithan surrendered the lottery ticket at Canara Bank branch in Puthiyatheru after writing his address and putting signature on it.
Lottery department transferred the cash prize of Rs 3.15 cr to Ajithan’s bank account. But Taliparamba police issued a letter to the bank manager directing to freeze the account as another person raised claim on the lottery ticket.
Police registered a case on Muniyan’s complaint over the lottery ticket on October 24. Later, police seized the ticket from lottery department and sent for forensic examination.
In the complaint, Muniyan asserted that he had written his address and phone number on the ticket. As per this, the ticket was sent to forensic examination. On December 23, 2019, Kannur forensic science lab forwarded the test report to police. The report clarified that only Ajithan’s name and address was written on the ticket. But police did not cancel the order to freeze Ajithan’s bank account even after receiving the test report.
Because of this Ajithan approached the High Court against the police action.
Muniyan lodged fake complaint
Taliparamba police stated that Kozhikode native Muniyan filed a fake complaint claiming ownership on the lottery. His motive behind cheating the police should be uncovered, said police. Though police summoned him multiple times, Muniyan has been absconding for a long time.
Police noted that investigation should be completed to take further action against the fake complainant.
In the complaint, Muniyan, a taxi driver, claimed that he purchased the ticket on June 16 from Parassinikadavu and missed it along with his purse. He also noted that he had written his phone number and address behind the ticket and noted down the ticket number on the calendar at his home.