JK Bank RE Recruitment Scam: HC seeks reply from IGP Crime; Issues Notice

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VIVEK SHARMA

JAMMU, May 25: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court on Wednesday 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 of the bank for cheating, defrauding and criminally intimidating the applicants by orchestrating a huge recruitment scam.

After hearing Advocate Ankur Sharma, appearing on behalf of hundreds of applicants, Justice Dheeraj Singh Thakur sought reply from the IGP Crime on the action taken on the complaint, demanding probe in the recruitment scam in J&K Bank.

Talking to Media Sources, Advocate Ankur Sharma said, “It is a huge recruitment scam and epitome of discrimination with Jammu which needs thorough probe as J&K Bank has violated all the norms while making recruitments.”

“The applicants were left with no option than to go to the court of to seek justice as Jammu based meritorious youth have been ignored to pave way from Kashmiri applicants,” Sharma said.

Advocate Ankur Sharma said that a complaint was submitted to the IGP Crime Branch, who had assured for the detailed probe into the recruitment of 350 Relation Executives (POs) and 1,250 Business Associates (Clerks) but nothing was done. The complaint stated that the J&K Bank vide its Notification No. HRD-Rectt-2015-1200 dated March 19, 2015 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 took interview conducted by the Bank a few months back.
A copy of the list containing names, roll numbers for the aforementioned exam; parentage, addresses, phone numbers and signatures of the complainants has been submitted to the IGP Crime Branch.

Ankur said the final result was clandestinely declared on March 9, 2017 and after making due enquiries, these aspirants were surprised to find out that 1600 people have been selected for different 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 whereas 1250 of them 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 (a) Final select list has not been made public despite repeated requests of the undersigned. (b.) There is no waiting list as has been told to the aspirants by Bank officials.

“This is clear cut room for them to make backdoor appointments and we have reasons to believe that backdoor appointments have been made”, Advocate Ankur said.

Despite repeated requests of these aspirants, marks obtained by the candidates in written exam (exam conducted by Institute of Banking Personnel Selection [IBPS]) have also not been 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 people [350 REs plus 1250 Clerks]

The Bank is not making the data public owing to the fear that its bluff in making illegal appointments will be called. All these posts have been sold to ineligible candidates on account of pecuniary gains, the complaint to Crime Branch states.

Many candidates have been selected on the basis of recommendations made by political leaders in their favour. Merit has become a casualty. Region, constituency, favoritism, nepotism, cheating and fraud have trumped necessary qualifications. All this can be established if the Crime Branch calls the entire record from J&K Bank and conducts a thorough investigation in this regard, said Advocate Ankur, adding, “If Crime Branch will succumb to political pressure we will knock the court to get justice.”

The aspirants, who have signed the complaint said, “Whenever we have 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 hints towards their personal involvement in this huge recruitment scam”.