“We will be questioning officials involved in the recruitment process as part of the investigation”

The CBI is likely to question officials of Indian Overseas Bank (IOB) in connection with irregularities in the recruitment to the post of messengers. The allegation is that an employee of the bank based in Vellore conspired with some officials of IOB and others to get ineligible persons appointed.

Sources in the investigating agency said the prime suspect used his personal influence with higher officials/appointing authorities of IOB in the matter. After registering a case on June 4, the CBI conducted a search on the house of the bank employee in Vellore.

Money to the tune of several lakh of rupees was found in two savings bank accounts and steps were taken to freeze them. Based on a request from the CBI, the IOB’s vigilance department furnished copies of the enquiry conducted into the allegations, the sources added.

“We will be questioning officials involved in the recruitment process as part of the investigation. Details of the enquiry conducted by IOB were formally given to us last week. A case under the provisions of IPC and Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, has been registered in this regard,” a CBI official said.

Meanwhile, IOB’s General Manager Indira Padmini in a statement denied a report in The Hindu on June 20 that the bank had shared documents pertaining to the scam with the CBI. However, she said a few “aberrations” had taken place and the same was found during verification. Departmental action was taken and the erring employees were placed under suspension, she said.

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