Ex-IAS officer gets 3-year jail in DA case

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Bhubaneswar: The Special Vigilance Court today sentenced Himanshu Sekhar Samantray, a retired IAS officer and former managing director of Odisha Lift Irrigation Corporation (OLIC), to a three-year jail term and a fine of Rs 20 lakh on the charge of amassing properties disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Samantray will have to undergo an additional 20 month of rigorous imprisonment in case he fails to pay the fine, the court said in its verdict.

The court, however, exonerated Samantray’s wife Sandhyarani in the case.

Notably, Vigilance sleuths had conducted simultaneous raids on the office and houses of Samantray in 2008 following allegation of amassing disproportionate properties against him. During the raid, the anti-corruption wing had traced movable and immovable properties worth Rs 1,34,14,514 belonging to him of which property worth Rs 80,46,133 was found to be disproportionate to his known sources of income during investigation.

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