KOLKATA: Police in eastern India said Thursday they have arrested a 28-year-old man suspected of siphoning off a million rupees ($16,000) from the bank account of retired cricketing star V.V.S Laxman.
Laxman, who retired from international cricket in 2012, lodged a police complaint at the weekend over unauthorized activity after receiving a message that the money had been transferred.
The deputy commissioner of police in Salt Lake, a town near the city of Kolkata where the man was arrested on Saturday, said the money was deposited in an account opened by the suspect in the name of a fictitious company.
“Police are yet to know how he gained access to Laxman’s account,” Arnab Ghosh told AFP by phone.
The suspect has since been transferred by police to the southern city of Hyderabad, Laxman’s home town, where the stylish middle-order batsman lodged a police case.