Sharmili Mallick

Odisha Vigilance on Saturday questioned the Additional District Magistrate (ADM) of Sundargarh, Biswajit Mohapatra in connection with the alleged accumulation of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Mohapatra, who was set to retire from his service barely after 16 days, is being questioned by the Vigilance officials at his government quarters in Sundargarh, as per reports.

A team of anti-graft officials took Mohapatra from Bhubaneswar to his government quarters today morning and began searches. The house was sealed since Friday.

The Vigilance team will reportedly question Mohapatra regarding the sources of his wealth.

Separate teams of Vigilance officials comprising eight DSPs, two inspectors, five ASIs, and other staff had conducted search operations at seven places linked to the ADM on Friday.

Following the raids, the Vigilance unearthed cash over Rs 3 lakh, one double storied building at Naharkanta in Bhubaneswar worth about Rs 89 lakh, one flat at Asiana in Rasulgarh area in Bhubaneswar, over Rs 2 crore found in Bank FDs, savings accounts and insurance premiums, gold weighing 350 gm, Rs 18 lakh deposited in Mutual funds and Rs 2 lakh in NPS.

The Vigilance also found ten plots linked to Mohapatra in Bhubaneswar and Jagatsinghpur district. 

Apart from this, Mohapatra had recently started a cement business in the name of his wife near his house in Balianta in Bhubaneswar. The Finance Wing of the Vigilance is carrying out the valuation of cement stocks at the godown.

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