Madurai: Madras high court has upheld the termination of service of a woman who was working as pharmacist in an ESI dispensary, saying the charges against her for submitting forged documents to avail of a loan have been proved beyond doubt. judge ss sunder observed that she was found guilty of the charges by the criminal court though she was discharged on probation upon payment of the entire loan amount to the cooperative society

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Madurai: Madras high court has upheld the termination of service of a woman who was working as pharmacist in an ESI dispensary, saying the charges against her for submitting forged documents to avail of a loan have been proved beyond doubt.
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Petitioner C Helen Rani was appointed as pharmacist at the ESI dispensary in 1978. She borrowed a sum of Rs 1 lakh from the Madurai District Medical Department Employees’ Cooperative Thrift Society, Tirumangalam, in 2001. Since the petitioner could not repay the loan, the society attached her salary. When the loan was still outstanding, the petitioner applied for another loan in 2003 by submitting a no-dues certificate. However, the cooperative society found that forged documents were submitted and hence a police complaint was lodged against her. An inquiry found that Helen Rani had submitted a forged no-dues certificate to the society and consequently she was terminated from service.

The petitioner moved HC Madurai bench in 2013 seeking to quash the termination order and reinstate her. On perusal of submissions made by either side, Justice S S Sundar observed that the petitioner has fraudulently obtained a loan which was unbecoming of a government servant. She suppressed the existing loan through the forged certificate and produced a forged salary certificate by forging the signature of the officer of her establishment. “When the petitioner produced forged documents for the purpose of getting a sum of Rs 1lakh, she may not hesitate to accept bribe for doing anything against the interest of the department for the sake of her own benefit,” observed the judge. Rejecting the contention of the petitioner that there cannot be a parallel proceeding departmentally when the case was pending before the criminal court, the judge observed that she was found guilty of the charges by the criminal court though she was discharged on probation upon payment of the entire loan amount to the cooperative society.

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