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JAMMU: Chief Judicial Magistrate Kathua Amarjeet Singh Langeh on Monday directed SHO Police Station Kathua to register FIR against SBI employee Pawan Kumar Mahajan, son of Late Jagannath Mahajan, resident of B-X/88 Kathui Bazaar Sujanpur, Tehsil and District Pathankot for alleged misconduct during demonetisation.
The court direction came in application seeking registration of FIR by SBI Manager Radhika Nayyar in which it has been stated that accused has been serving with the complainant bank and that during demonetisation, he performed illegal and unlawful acts by depositing and withdrawing amount from accounts of different account holders by forging requisite documents and withdrawal/deposit forms. “The complainant bank received various complaints regarding illegal acts of accused wherein different complainants/customers of the bank complained that accused used to credit certain amount into their credit (into the credit of different account holders) without their knowledge and consent and thereafter used to withdraw the same by tampering with requisite documents and accounts of innocent customers. The accused did not spare even an old lady namely Rattno Devi, who complained that on 21st November 2016, she deposited an amount of Rs. 8,000 in her account and when she sought withdrawal of the same, only Rs. 4,000 was paid to her. Upon inquiry it was found that even though an amount of Rs. 8,000 was withdrawn from her account but only Rs. 4,000 was paid to her”, the application stated. The complainant alleged that on 19th December 2016, she moved an application before SHO Police Station, Kathua requesting him to lodge an FIR but no action was taken by aforesaid SHO. Complainant further informed that on 7th February 2017, another reminder was given to SHO but this also did not fetch any result.
Consequently, the complainant moved an application seeking that the complaint be forwarded to SHO Police Station, Kathua for registration of F.I.R. and consequent investigation so that accused can be booked for the offences that he has committed. This application is also supported by an affidavit of the complainant.
Justice Langeh after perusal of the complaint observed that sequence of events pen-pictured in the complaint prima-facie show commission of forgery for the purpose of cheating and illegal appropriation of the money that account holders deposited with the complainant bank.
Court further observed that having regard to the totality of the circumstances and in the wake of allegations against accused which seem to be prima-facie credible, it is imperative to direct investigation as postulated under section 156(3) of Code of Criminal Procedure. “This complaint, therefore, is forwarded in original to SHO Police Station, Kathua with the direction to forthwith register the FIR against accused and proceed with proper, nay, thorough and serious investigation in accordance with law”, the court observed.
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