Altogether Rs 30 lakh has been siphoned off from a joint bank account here of singer Manna Dey, his daughter, Sumita, has alleged in a complaint to the police.
Last week, the Girish Park police received a letter from Sumita accusing the singer's nephew, with whom he had a joint account and a locker in a bank in Kolkata, of allegedly siphoning off cash and valuables, police sources said today.
According to the letter sent by post from Bengaluru, where Dey resided with his daughter and her husband, the joint account with the nephew was for the renovation of the singer's ancestral house in Kolkata, to which he was an irregular
visitor because of ill health.
The money was taken out without the knowledge of Dey or his family members, it said.
"We have started an investigation. Although a joint account holder can operate the account, we are verifying all aspects. We have not arrested anybody so far," DC (central) D P Singh said.
In the picture: Manna Dey. Photograph: Rediff Archives