BNBL’s 12 supporting staff forge documents to secure job

In the Bhutan National Bank Limited’s forgery case, the police investigation team concluded their investigation that out of 15 people, 12 of them had allegedly forged their documents to apply and secured jobs.

The investigating Police Officer said that the probable charges for the Bank’s Executive Management Committee is official misconduct and failure to report the crime.

On October 16, Thimphu police after the completion of the investigation forwarded the case to the Office of Attorney General (OAG).

The case came into limelight back in 2019, after the Royal Audit Authority (RAA) conducted compliance auditing in the bank. Finding some elements of corruption and forgery, the report was forwarded to the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for further investigation.

ACC after reviewing the case directed the police to investigate further since it involved manipulation of documents and forgery.

Background

Between April 2017 and February 2018, BNBL had floated vacancy announcement for the post of supporting staff for which over more than 1,000 applicants had applied.

After the selection process, 15 candidates were recruited.

However, some of the disgruntled candidates seeking anonymity complained to the BNBL management, RAA and ACC regarding the corruption involved in the recruitment process.

Some of the allegations against the recruitment committee were that the candidates had submitted fake class VIII mark sheets, documents were forged and applicants from the same village were favored.

Later, a high-level committee in BNBL was formed to investigate the case. After the investigation, 10 supporting staff were sent on compulsory retirement but with service benefits.

Chencho Dema from Thimphu