New Delhi: HDFC bank has filed a police complaint against a Gurgaon-based consultancy firm that allegedly used forged documents to place 68 candidates in various positions over the last two years, The Times of India reported.

The scam was exposed when an employee’s reference check came to light in February.

Geetanjali Bagga, an HDFC assistant manager joined the company in October 2017. During the reference check, it was revealed that during her recruitment process, she was supported by Adeco Consultancy, and had submitted forged salary slips, experience certificates, among other documents. 

During an investigation, it was revealed that Bagga said that she paid around Rs 60,000 to the firm.

After this incident, the bank investigated the matter further and it was revealed that 68 employees who had been placed through Adeco have submitted forged documents. Other than Adeco, some documents also had the names of Lotus Consultancy and Aspire Consultancy.

Satyendra Pal, manager of NDFC Bank’s Noida Sector 135 branch, said that he himself had paid Rs 1.45 lakh to Adeco for his selection, during an investigation.

The bank approached the police in September and an FIR was lodged on Sunday against Amit Choudhary, who runs Adeco, his wife and HDFC bank employees Komal Kushwaha and Vishal Pandey.

Bharti Soni, HR department vice-president of HDFC said, “It is an obvious case of fraud. HDFC Bank has no tie-up with the said consultancy, and we are deeply concerned over such fraudulent activities involving our brand name to cheat the general public”.