J&K Bank Recruitment Scam: 2 Ex-Chairmen, 15 Others Charged

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JK Bank Headquarters in Srinagar (File Photo: Abid Bhat / KO

SRINAGAR – The Anti Corruption Bureau (ACB) on Monday filed chargesheet against 17 Jammu & Kashmir Bank (JKB) officials, including two chairmen in the infamous Bank recruitment scam.

According to an official handout issued here today, the ACB produced first chargesheet against ex-Chairmen Sheikh  Mushtaq and Parvez Nengroo and fifteen others, including three retired employees over 3,000 backdoor appointments that were made clandestinely. The chargesheet was filed today in the Anti Corruption Court of R.N. Wattal.

The case has been listed for next hearing on January 27, 2020.

The scam surfaced in 2018 after ACB recieved inputs that J&K Bank made 3000 illegal appointments contrary to the rules and norms of the bank. Among the appointees were kith and kin of mainstream politicians, bank officials and bureaucrats.

The ACB filed a case FIR No. 10/2019 in P/S ACB Srinagar and started a probe. During the course of investigation, a raid was carried out by the ACB sleuths at the JKB Corporate Headquarters and important documents were seized from human resources section, recruitment section and office of Chairman.

“The voluminous record was seized and scrutinized wherein it surfaced that from the year 2011 onwards Chairmen of the time have made around 2500 backdoor appointments illegally and fraudulently, consequently a thorough probe was ordered to unearth this illegal appointment scam so that corrective measures are taken by the bank to put an end to such illegal practice,” the ACB handout read.

It further adds that on conclusion of investigation of the case, allegation were established against the bank officials which included 2 Ex Chairman and other employees.

“Accordingly the case was sent to Government for accord of prosecution sanction,” the handout added.

ACB To Probe Ex-MD SICOP’s Peers, Colleagues

Days after Anti Corruption Bureau booked former Chief of Small Scale Industries Development Corporation (SICOP) R.L. Tickoo, the anti-graft body has started investigating the role of the peers and colleagues of the accused.

According to the sources, ACB is keen to identify and expose the elements that helped the accused retired official to amass huge wealth illegally during his tenure.

Sources added in the coming days all the colleagues and subordinates of the accused former Managing Director SICOP will be questioned. “It would have not been possible for the accused retired official to drain the state exchequer without the help of his subordinates and colleagues, so their role needs to be investigated.

Pertinently, besides R.L Tickoo, ACB has also booked former Managing Director, SICOP, Bhupinder Singh Dua on charges of owning assets exceeding his legal income.

Anti-Corruption Bureau is currently investigating the role of Tickoo and Dua and trying to know who helped them in amassing wealth illegally and why they were easily resorting to corrupt practices without getting trapped.

An ACB official said that the role of the peers and subordinates of accused retired official will be investigated and shortly a number of employees and others associated with SICOP will be established

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