CB fails to probe in 18 months, Guv detects fraud in 2 months - watsupptoday.com
CB fails to probe in 18 months, Guv detects fraud in 2 months
Posted 29 Oct 2018 01:35 PM

JAMMU: Though Governor Satya Pal Malik detected fraud in the Jammu and Kashmir Bank recruitment process just in few days yet the Crime Branch wing of the Police has failed to find out any misconduct, fraud and favouristim for the past one and half year. The new revelations coming in the public domain cast shadow over the functioning of the Crime Branch. Motives are being attributed to the agency for hiding the facts or looking to the other side for obvious reasons.
Since May 2017 till date, the Crime Branch is trying to convince the High Court that nothing wrong has been committed in the recruitment process. However, the Jammu based candidates have been demanding detailed probe into the recruitment of 350 Relation Executives (POs) and 1,250 Business Associates (Clerks).
“On October 26, 2018, in the Court of Justice Dheeraj Thakur, the CB reiterated its stand that nothing wrong was found in J&K Bank’s selection process,” said Advocate Ankur Sharma adding, “We appreciate the Governor’s role in exposing the politicians’ nexus that has ruined the career of unemployed youth of J&K State.”
“We draw the Governor’s attention towards other selection lists where the merit of genuine and deserving candidates has been ignored”, Advocate Ankur said, adding, “No one was listening to us and even the genuine complaints and demands were being ignored by those who were sitting at the helm of affairs”.
it had exclusively published on May 25, 2017 the report exposing major recruitment scam in J&K Bank under caption “HC seeks report from IGP Crime; 350 REs, 1,250 clerks appointed after two and half years.”
However, on each hearing in one and half year, the prosecution on behalf of Crime Branch stated that nothing wrong had been found in the recruitment process.
On May 24, 2017, the High Court had sought reply from Inspector General of Police (IGP) Crime Branch on the complaint filed by a group of aspirants of J&K Bank Relationship Executive, seeking registration of FIR against Chairman, Head, Human Resource Division, Senior President HR and other officials for cheating, defrauding and criminally intimidating the applicants by orchestrating a huge recruitment scam.
“It was a huge recruitment scam and epitome of discrimination with Jammu which needs thorough probe as J&K Bank violated all the norms while making recruitments,” said Advocate Ankur Sharma, adding “The applicants were left with no option but to go to the court to seek justice as Jammu based meritorious youth were ignored to pave way from Kashmiri applicants.”
The complaint stated that the J&K Bank vide its Notification No. HRD-Rectt-2015-1200 dated March 19, 2015 had invited online applications for the post of Relationship Executive (equivalent to P.O) from the permanent residents of the State.
The complainants cleared written examination and also appeared for interview conducted by the Bank.
A copy of the list containing names, roll numbers for the aforementioned exam; parentage, addresses, phone numbers and signatures of the complainants had been submitted to the IGP Crime Branch.
The final result was clandestinely declared on March 9, 2017 and after making due enquiries, these aspirants were surprised to find that 1600 candidates were selected for different category of posts, whereas the applications were invited only for the post of Relationship Executives.
However, out of a total of 1600 selected, 350 got selected as Relationship Executives and 1250 as Clerks. This was beyond the scope of the advertisement and a clear cut fraud against the aspiring candidates.
“It is a clear case of fraud, cheating and huge scam owing to reasons that the final select list has not been made public despite repeated requests and no waiting list has been formulated, as told to the aspirants by Bank officials’, Ankur said adding that this clearly indicates that backdoor appointments have been made in the bank.
Despite repeated requests of these aspirants, marks obtained by the candidates in written exam (exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection [IBPS]) were not made public for unknown reasons.
“It is a defined law that three candidates are generally called for interview against one post (3:1 ratio). According to Bank’s own admission, 3107 candidates were called for interview. By that standard, the final select list should have contained around 900 odd names. However, we have a list of 1600 selectees (350 REs plus 1250 Clerks)”, he added.
The Bank is still not making the data public for the fear that its bluff in making illegal appointments will be exposed. All these posts have been ‘sold to ineligible candidates on account of pecuniary gains’, the complaints had pleaded before the Crime Branch.
The case filed in the court last year clearly mentioned that many candidates were selected on the recommendations of certain political leaders. Merit had become a casualty. Region, constituency, favoritism, nepotism, cheating and fraud had trumped necessary qualifications, the aspirants had alleged.
“All this could have been established if the Crime Branch would have called entire record from J&K Bank and conducted a thorough investigation”, said Advocate Ankur, adding that the agency succumbed to political pressure.
The aspirants, who signed the complaint, had stated, “Whenever we approached the concerned officials including the Chairman J&K Bank and Senior President Human Resource, they threatened us of dire consequences. Many a times we were derided as failures and someone who could only make noise. They categorically refused to hear our argument which spoke volumes about their personal involvement in this huge recruitment scam”.

Leave a comment: (Your email will not be published)