Shurbir Singh, the IAS official who was the former Registrar of Cooperative societies in Delhi has denied charges levelled against him by a Delhi Assembly House Panel in a matter related to illegal recruitment and promotion in Delhi Nagrik Sahkari Bank.
Talking to Indian Cooperative Singh said “I have worked as per the law without violating the rules and regulations.” The former Registrar also said that he had not received any official communication yet. But added hastily “I strongly deny all charges of corruption leveled against me ”.
Admitting legacies of corruption cases from the past Shurbir Singh said it was the former board of management which had indulged into irregularities and had recruited 40 people wrongly; it also gave promotions to 62 employees without bothering for rules and regulations, Singh added.
“After I took over I employed the corrective course and all those illegally appointed were terminated; not only that I also demoted the pack of 62 employees promoted without rhyme and reason.
“Later, on enquiry I decided to impose a penalty of Rs 5 lakh on entire board”, said Singh to this correspondent on phone.
Indian Cooperative, however failed to elicit any response from the second official as despite several phone calls the current RCS J B Singh, against whom the Panel has levelled charges, didn’t respond.
To know the view of Delhi Cooperative Minister Rajendra Pal Gautam on the matter we phoned him also but was told by his PA Vinay Gautam that the Minister was on an official tour to Lucknow.
Readers would recall acting on petitions, Delhi Legislative Assembly Committee has recommended ‘criminal proceedings’ against two IAS officers including current RCS J B Singh and former RCS Shurbir Singh for their alleged irregularities. The issue has hogged the media headlines.
It is being alleged that the former board of management of Delhi Nagarik Sehkari Bank had committed irregularities recruiting 40 people wrongly and giving promotion to 62 employees.
In addition, there were complaints about the enrollment of members in the bank, payment of membership fees from the accounts of bank employees and submission of fake income tax returns, among other things. A large number of “illegal voters” had elected directors of the bank, the committee said.
The committee which was headed by AAP MLA Saurabh Bharardwaj has asked Delhi Chief Secretary Anshu Prakash to submit an action taken report in the house within the month of adoption of this report.
Recently, the Delhi High Court has green-lighted the management elected in the recently held election of Delhi Nagarik Sahakari Bank to form the board. The court gave this verdict last week when the petitioners withdrew their writ.
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