Father of Sandip Poojary, who is currently in news for defrauding State Bank of India (SBI) of Rs 9.1 crore, has disowned his son because of his gambling habits.The father claimed Poojary was so addicted to gambling that when he was not at home, people from whom he had taken money would harass and threaten the family.Poojary has been booked by the CBI for allegedly spending Rs 9.1 crore on British e-commerce websites using an SBI foreign travel card that has a spending limit of Rs 13,000.Raghu, Poojary’s 69-year-old father, is a taxi driver and stays in a small flat in the Chinchpokali area of Mumbai with his younger son and wife. Poojary does not live with his family for the past five years, ever since he returned from Abu Dhabi.His parents were shocked to learn that he had defrauded the bank of such a huge amount and now fear harassment by the police and moneylenders.”We have not been in touch with him for many years. He had a gambling habit since college days. When he had returned from Dubai, he had a loan of several lakhs, due to which we disowned him completely as we were being harassed by moneylenders. Even after counselling him, he refused to give up gambling,” Raghu told DNA.”We knew he was into gambling but we never thought he commit such a big fraud. This is trauma for us,” he added.”Even though he worked abroad for so many years, he could not save a penny. Many lenders have the address of our house, they come to us asking for his details but we don’t know anything about him. His father drove a taxi for over 40 years to raise them but never cheated anyone for even one rupee and now this is what we are getting in our old age,” said Poojary’s mother Sumitra.According to an FIR registered by CBI on Monday, Poojary is an onsite resource of the Yalamanchili Software Exports Ltd, that provides travel card to SBI. The transactions were done from three cards issued in the name of Poojary from NRI Seawood branch of SBI in Navi Mumbai.

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