A magistrate court in New Delhi has summoned the CEO of HSBC India, Naina Lal Kidwai and others to appear before it after finding that the MNC bank had "forged" documents to wriggle out of a case relating to termination of an employee.
Metropolitan Magistrate (Patiala House) Jitendra Mishra, while hearing a petition of Manju Saxena challenging her termination from service, observed that there was prima facie a case for summoning the bank's CEO, HR head and manager - North India.
They are to appear before the court on July 28. "...It is clear that in the present case a prima facie case for summoning has been made out against (CEO, HR Head and Manager North) persons under section 420 (cheating), 463
(forgery), 464 (making a false document), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will etc), 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating), 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record) R/w 120 (B) IPC," Mishra noted.
When contacted, an HSBC spokesperson said the bank was in know of the case, but was yet to receive the summons.
Saxena had contended that she was summarily terminated from service with immediate effect in 2005 and the intimation of this was sent through an e-mail.
The court also observed that some courier receipts produced by the Human Resources head (North) Niti Chopra, during the hearing of the case in the Labour Tribunal were prima facie false and fabricated.