Complaint says PDP workers, leaders’ relatives appointed
JAMMU, June 12: A First Information Report (FIR) lodged into backdoor appointments in Jammu and Kashmir Bank by the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) has maintained that allegations reflected in the complaint, which has been made the basis for registration of FIR, disclosed commission of criminal misconduct by officers of the Bank.
A copy of FIR No. 10/2019 dated 8.6.2019 registered by the Anti-Corruption Bureau at its Central Kashmir office, which is in possession of the Excelsior, observed that criminal misconduct by officers of the Jammu and Kashmir Bank constituted offence under Section 5 (1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act Samvat-2006 and Section 5(2) of the same Act.
“The complaint was forwarded by the Anti-Corruption Bureau Headquarters to this office for appropriate examination under law. After careful examination of the complaint, I have reasons to believe that the allegations leveled by the complainant disclose cognizable offence which would warrant registration of the First Information Report,’’ Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Anti-Corruption Bureau, Zubair Ahmad Khan wrote in his official note in the FIR.
The SSP has entrusted investigations of the case to Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP) Parvaiz Ahmad.
The FIR has been registered on the basis of complaint filed by Syed Kumar Baihaki daughter of Ghulam Mohammad Baihaqi, a resident of Dandosa, Rafiabad
The complaint, which has been reproduced in the FIR and made basis for registration of case against unnamed Jammu and Kashmir Bank officers, alleged that backdoor appointments of Banking Attendants and Assistant Banking Associates have become order of the day in the Bank.
“Since 2014, more than 3000 illegal appointments were made in the cadre of Banking Attendants and Assistant Banking Associates causing a heavy strain on the already weak Bank finances. You can visit and enquire from a number of branches and find the fraud appointments,’’ the complainant said in her complaint addressed in writing to the Anti-Corruption Bureau.
The complainant quoted the instance of Dangiwacha branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank, where seven backdoor appointments have been made. She has also mentioned names of the backdoor appointees. However, she said, this is the example of just one branch and Rohama branch of Jammu and Kashmir Bank too has several such fraud appointees.
In October 2017 alone, more than 150 persons were absorbed illegally as Banking Attendants and Assistant Banking Associates, the complaint said, adding the present dispensation has thrown all norms to the winds by appointing PDP workers in the bank.
Significantly, the complainant pointed out that hundreds of safai karamcharis were working in different J&K bank branches for the past 10 years on meager pay but were never regularized by the Chairman sighting financial constraints.
The complainant asked if there were financial constraints in regularization of safai karamcharis, how the Bank made 2000 fraud appointments (relatives of PDP leaders in the bank) as Banking Attendants and Assistant Banking Associates?
It may be mentioned here that Jammu and Kashmir Bank Chairman Parvez Ahmed was recently removed by the State Government and replaced by RK Chhibber on the charge of making number of backdoor appointments in Jammu and Kashmir Bank and other irregularities.
Soon after removal of Parvez Ahmad and registration of the First Information Report in the backdoor appointments, the Anti-Corruption Bureau sleuths had raided the Jammu and Kashmir Bank headquarters in Srinagar and seized record pertaining to appointments and other issues for investigations.