Police in Maharashtra say that they’ve booked and suspended a bank manager and his peon from Amravati district on Saturday for allegedly demanding sexual favours from a farmer’s wife in exchange of approving her application for crop loan.
The development has caused a considerable anger among the farmers, who’ve demanded the immediate arrest of the two bank employees. Officials said that Buldhana district authorities had formed a team to nab the accused.
“The bank authorities have informed us that they have suspended both the employees on the basis of the FIR,” The Indian Express quoted Deputy Superintendent of Police, Girish Bobde.
Rajesh Hivase, bank manager with the Central Bank of India in Buldhana, along with peon Manoj Chavan, was booked on Thursday after a woman, who had applied for a crop loan with the bank at Datala village in Malakapur tehsil, filed a police complaint. The incident happened on June 18 and the complaint was filed on Thursday, officials said.
The woman had recorded the telephonic conversation of the bank manager and produced it before the police as evidence. Maharashtra Congress chief Ashok Chavan condemned the Manohar Fadnavis-led BJP government, saying the episode was a “shame” and a “blot” on a progressive state like Maharashtra.
Hivase sought the woman’s contact details for processing loan after which he called her up and allegedly used obscene language and demanded sexual favours, said officials. Later, he sent the peon to the woman’s home, asking her to comply, reported PTI.
A statement issued by the government said that Buldhana collector Nirupama Dange would personally monitor the case.
The statement added that the district administration was preparing a report against the branch manager and a proposal to suspend him was being sent to the bank‘s management.