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Odishatv Bureau

The district police of Cuttack on Sunday transferred the IIC of Mahanga Police Station, Nihar Ranjan Mohanty, a day after his wife, a Vigilance inspector, was caught by the officials of her own department while taking bribe.

Inspector Nihar Ranjan Mohanty of Mahanga PS is transferred and posted to district police headquarters, Cuttack for administrative convenience until further order, the Cuttack Rural SP said in an order to SDPO Salipur and DSP Headquarters.

In the meantime, SI Tapan Kumar Nayak of Bhadreswar outpost will remain in charge of the Mahanga Police Station till the posting of a regular IIC, the press release stated.

Nihar was interrogated by the Vigilance hours after arrest of his wife by Vigilance on charges of accepting a bribe of Rs 10 lakh.

Manasi Jena, the wife of Nihar was reportedly nabbed by the anti-corruption agency officials while taking bribe from a person to close a case against a government official.

Soon after the incident, Vigilance officials initiated simultaneous searches at multiple locations in connection with Manasi Jena including their residence in Mahanga.

Notably, Nihar had come to the limelight after being entangled in the controversy surrounding the sensational case of double murder of former Mahanga block chairman and BJP leader Kulamani Baral and his associate in January 2021.

Nihar also had to face criticism from JMFC Court, Salipur for failing to appear before it despite order and repeatedly buying time for filing investigation report in connection with the murder case.

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