Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Vigilance sleuths seized unaccounted cash of Rs 2.77 lakh from Nuapada Chief District Veterinary Officer (CDVO) Trilochan Dhala on Sunday and later conducted simultaneous raids at his office, residence and official quarters.

According to sources, Dhala was under the vigilance scanner for the past few days for his alleged corrupt activities. Officials of the anti-corruption wing intercepted his office vehicle near Tarini temple in Nuapada when he was on way to his village at Naraj in Cuttack district.

“During the search, we recovered Rs 2.77 lakh from his possession. However, during inquiry, Dhala could not give any satisfactory reply and failed to explain the legitimate source of the money,” said a vigilance official.

Following the seizure of the unaccounted cash, a joint team of Nuapada and Bhawantpatna anti-corruption wing officials under the stewardship of Vigilance DSP Satyabana Mahananda conducted simultaneous raids at CDVO’s office at Nuapada, his house at Naraj and official residence.

“Further investigation into the CDVO’s unaccounted source of income is underway,” said another vigilance official.
Earlier in March, Vigilance sleuths had carried out raids at the residence and office of forest ranger Sadhanan Sarangi at Khariar in Nuapada district and six other places including the house of his son-in-law Birendra Khara, an assistant engineer of Public Works Department (PWD), on charges of accumulating assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

(Edited by Pradeep Singh)