Congress MP slaps bank manager-Indian Scandal

Congress MP slaps bank manager-Indian Scandal

 HYDERABAD: A Congress MP in the eye of a storm for slapping a rural bank manager in Andhra Pradesh--an incident caught on camera-- has been


booked by police and an inquiry ordered by the party leadership on Wednesday



M Jagannath, the Congress MP from Nagarkurnool, said he was "sorry" for the incident in Mahabubnagar district on Monday but denied having slapped the manager.

The MP claimed his hand only touched the cheek of Ravinder Reddy, a manager of a AP Grameen Vikas bank branch, when he tried to put it round his shoulder.

Employees of the grameen banks in the Congress-ruled state were up in arms and staged protests in several districts and stopped disbursal of
loans under government schemes. The bank branch where the incident happened has threatened to go on strike from tomorrow.

Police booked a case against the MP on charges of assault and use of criminal force to deter a public servant from discharge of his duty and said investigation was on.

"We have booked the case on various charges like assault. Investigation is on," a police official said.

The manager claimed he was manhandled and his shirt torn. Congress spokesman Manish Tiwari said in New Delhi that Veerappa Moily, the party in-charge of AP, has ordered an inquiry. The state PCC was directed to look into the incident and submit a report, he said.

Describing the incident as regrettable and unfortunate, Tiwari said there are in-house mechanisms to deal with the incident after a report is submitted but refused to speculate what action could be taken against the MP.


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