CBI court awards 2 yrs’ imprisonment to &K Grameen bank employee

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Special Judge Anti-corruption CBI Cases Srinagar YP Kotwal has awarded 2 years imprisonment and fine of Rs 10,000 to Abdul Khaliq Bhat, an employee of Kamraz Rural Bank (now J&K Grameen Bank).

According to the CBI case, Abdul Khaliq Bhat while working as messenger-cum-sweeper at Kamraz Rural Bank (now J&K Grameen Bank) Branch Office Othora (District Baramulla) was also receiving cash from account holders for depositing the same in the bank and issuing stamp counter folios of pay-in-slips in token of having received the amount.

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However, he was not making any credit entry in the respective ledger sheets and other connected bank records.

It was alleged that during the year 2007-2008, the accused had received Rs 4500, Rs 11000 and Rs 5500 on 26.10.2007, 11.3.2008 and 13.6.2008 respectively from Bashir Ahmad Parray for depositing the same in his account No: DLA- 430 in Othora Branch of Kamraz Rural Bank.

However, neither he had made credit entries of the amount in ledger sheet, nor in the scroll and other connected record of the bank and thereby dishonestly and fraudulently misappropriated the amount.

Accordingly, offences punishable under Section 420 & 409 RPC & Sec. 5(2) r/w Sec. 5(1)(c)(d) of J&K Prevention of Corruption Act were established against the accused.

After hearing PP Kapil Verma for CBI whereas Advocate Baba Sajad for accused, the court awarded two years simple imprisonment to the accused bank employee.