Sex for farm loan scam: Bank peon held


Maharashtra police have arrested one person in connection with the case of a bank official allegedly asking for sexual favours from a Dalit farmer’s wife to process a loan application from the couple in Buldhana district.
Manoj Chouhan, a peon in the Central Bank of India’s Datala branch in Buldhana, was arrested on Saturday night.
The woman had lodged a police complaint accusing the branch manager Rajesh Hivase of seeking sexual favours from her to process the farm loan application.Mr. Chouhan was accused of delivering Mr. Hivase’s message to the farmer’s wife and arranging for communication between them.
The two men have been booked under Section 354 of the Indian Penal Code and relevant sections of the SC-ST Prevention of Atrocities Act.
However Mr. Hivase has not been arrested.
“He is still absconding. Our team went to his place but he was not there.
Our team is carrying out searches at some other locations as well,” said Sandip Doifode, the Additional Superintendent of Police, Buldhana district.
Meanwhile, the Central Bank of India suspended Mr. Hivase.
“The regional manager of the Central Bank of India has suspended him. It’s a criminal case. His exact location is being traced and he may be arrested in a day or two, ” Buldhana collector Nirumpama Dange told The Hindu.


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