Three bank officials arrested in Srijan Scam

Patna,(BiharTimes): The joint team of Economic Offences Unit (EOU) and Bhagalpur police on Friday arrested three more persons said to be involved in massive Srijan Scam.

They included the former managing director of a cooperative bank. They were arrested from Banka, Supaul and Bhagalpur.

 The team arrested Supaul district cooperative officer (DCO) Pankaj Jha from Dharmashala in the district and Banka Central Cooperative Bank branch manager Vijay Kumar Gupta and brought them to Bhagalpur for further interrogation. Retired cooperative bank official Sudhanshu Kumar Das was also arrested in Bhagalpur.

According to Bhagalpur SSP Manoj Kumar incriminating evidences have been found against the three.

 Pankaj was the managing director of the cooperative bank in Bhagalpur from 2007 to 2014, the period when huge sums of government funds were diverted to the accounts of Srijan Mahila Vikas Sahyog Samiti Limited.

It was during his tenure that former additional district magistrate of Bhagalpur Jay Shree Thakur had deposited a cheque of Rs 6.32 crore in the account of Srijan for clearance in July 2013.

It was detected then and Thakur was dismissed from the service only on August 18, 2017. The media even reported the matter yet the fund transfer continued.

Incidentally, no action has yet been taken against any of the eight district magistrates posted between 2007 and 2017. The frequent transfer of DM by the state government had also raised suspicion.

Thakur is facing charges of accumulating property disproportionate to her known sources of income.

On the other hand Gupta was posted at the Kahalgaon branch of the cooperative bank in Bhagalpur.





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