Bank unions seek apology, decide not to release loans

MAHABUBNAGAR: A day after Congress MP from Nagarkurnool Manda Jagannath allegedly roughed up the manager of AP Grameen Vikas Bank, Ravinder Reddy, a case was registered against the former in Uppunuthala police station.

The incident, which evoked strong protests from the banking sector, appears to be taking a serious turn with bank employees threatening to launch an agitation, if the MP fails to tender unconditional apology.

Complaint lodged

Uppunuthala SI Sekhar Reddy said the manager lodged a complaint against the MP on Monday night. In retaliation, two persons belonging to the Scheduled Caste community also filed a counter complaint under Prevention of SC and SC Atrocities Act against the manager alleging that he had humiliated them by not releasing funds even after the government had sanctioned them loans. Meanwhile, union leaders of the bank employees associations gave a call to stop releasing loan amounts to beneficiaries till the MP tendered unconditional apology.

The trouble began when some SC, ST beneficiaries complained to Mr. Jagannath, who was participating in mandal parishad general body meeting on Monday at Uppununthala mandal headquarters, that the branch manager was refusing to release loans since past six months even though the government sanctioned them loans.

Immediately, the MP called up the bank manager over phone and questioned him, to which the manager allegedly replied him in a negligent manager. Irked by this, the MP left the meeting in a huff and rushed to the bank. In fit of rage, he held the shirt collar of the bank manager and slapped him for allegedly replying rudely to him and refusing to release loans to SC, ST beneficiaries.