SKIMS Soura begins internal probe in fraudulent appointments case

SKIMS Soura begins internal probe in fraudulent appointments case
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Two women accused arrested by police plead ‘not guilty’

Srinagar: The Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) Soura on Wednesday started an internal probe into a fraudulent appointments case that came to fore on Tuesday after police registered a case in this connection.
Police arrested two persons, both females, for fraud and forging of official documents, including appointment orders of the institute. The two women were lodged at the Women’s Police Station in Rambagh.
According to officials, Additional Director of SKIMS Soura, Mathora Masoom, has started the internal inquiry to ascertain the involvement of SKIMS employees and senior officials in the case.
“This is a sensitive case and points towards a big scam that may involve insiders, so the internal inquiry was a must,” said a SKIMS official, wishing anonymity.
He said the inquiry was ordered after the Medical Superintendent of SKIMS filed a complaint with the institute’s Additional Director. “The MS has also sent a complaint letter to the SHO for taking action in the case,” the official said.
Additional Director Mathora Masoom told Kashmir Reader that she had asked for the records and official documents pertaining to the appointments in the institute, to probe the case thoroughly.
“So far we came to know that the accused persons have forged a genuine appointment order issued in favour of nearly 35 employees. They have included some persons illegally into it and probably taken money from them. I won’t be able to furnish more details to you as the inquiry is yet to conclude,” she said.
Meanwhile, officers at Police Station Soura interrogated the two accused females in the case (FIR 16/2019) charged under Section 420 (fraud) and 467 (forgery).
According to a police officer, the accused have pleaded “not guilty”, saying they are being made scapegoat in the case.
SHO Soura Waseem Jahangir refused to divulge details of the investigation. “I can’t talk about this case. Please talk to my seniors,” he said.
SP Hazratbal Sudhanshu Verma couldn’t be contacted as he was busy with a “high level” meeting at District Police Lines Srinagar till late evening.