Maharashtra Gramin Bank has sent a criminal defamation notice to the man who blew the whistle on the alleged nexus between the bank and Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance. Bajaj Allianz Life Insurance confirmed that Bhimsen Chandel’s employment “was terminated”, admitting he was indulging in fraudulent activities as claimed by Shelke. Mr Yogesh Shelke resigned on his own accord from Bajaj Allianz Life on 14 November, 2018. He did not raise any of the malicious issues he mentioned in the said video, during his employment or during the time of his resignation in November, the statement added.
The Maharashtra Gramin Bank went further and sent him a legal notice dated 29 January 2019, which is signed by the chief general manager of the bank, GG Wakade, and his advocate Pradeep Shahane. Dictated to pay the amount of Rs 100 lakh to my client within 15 days of the receipt of the notice or my client would be constrained to take an action against you in the court of law, the note read. The notice served to Shelke claimed he made the allegations to defame the Maharashtra Gramin Bank, through which “several customers have benefited” because of the financial aid it provides. The facts that you are alleging are false and there is no germ of truth in your statements. You have deliberately made such statements knowing fully well that such imputation will harm the reputation of my client and his banking business, the notice said, claiming he made the video because Bajaj Allianz sacked him as an employee.