2nd case after J&K turns UT: CBI books bank official

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Srinagar, Jan 22 (IANS) In its second case since J&K became Union Territory, the CBI has booked an official of Jammu and Kashmir Grameen Bank on charges of misappropriation of bank funds to the tune of Rs 1.33 crore by “tempering” with the computer system and documents during January 2016 and January 2020.

In an FIR registered on Tuesday following a written complaint received on Monday from Jammu and Kashmir Grameen Bank, Branch office Khumariyal, Kupwara district, the CBI booked Shariq Hussain Khan (Office Assistant) under charges of cheating, forgery, criminal misappropriation or misconduct and abusing official position.

The Central Bureau of Investigation filed the FIR on a complainant of Farhan Gul, Senior Manager (Audit Inspection and Vigilance), in Jammu and Kashmir Grameen Bank.

“It is alleged in the complaint, dated January 15, 2020, that Shariq Hussain Khan during his previous posting at branch office Khumariyal had misappropriated banks funds to the tune of Rs 1.33 crore by way of tempering and manipulation with the bank’s computer system and other documents,” the FIR said.

As per the FIR, the act prima facie established criminal misappropriation by Khan who abused his official position and that the fraud, which has started from January 2016, has surfaced during an internal investigation conducted by the bank in December 2019-January 2020.

Earlier, the CBI in December carried out searches at 13 locations in Jammu and Kashmir and the National Capital Region (NCR) in connection with an arms licence case, the first major operation of the agency after the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory.

It has given the CBI the jurisdiction to operate there under the Delhi Special Police Establishment Act that governs it. The state of Jammu and Kashmir was bifurcated into Union Territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh on August 5 by the government.

Residences of IAS officers Yasha Mudgil and Rajiv Ranjan and former senior officers were searched in December in connection with two CBI cases related to alleged irregularities in the issuance of around two lakh arms licences from different districts of Jammu and Kashmir.

It was also alleged the then public servants received illegal gratification in issuing licences to non-residents of Jammu and Kashmir in violation of rules.



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