Somatirtha Purohit

The Odisha Vigilance on Wednesday arrested Manoranjan Nayak, posted as an Assistant Collector at Rourkela ADM Office in Sundargarh district, for allegedly amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 2 crore.

Earlier on Tuesday, the anti-corruption sleuths, comprising officials from Rourkela, Sundargarh, Jharsuguda and Deogarh conducted raid at five places owned by Nayak.

Following receipt of reliable information, the Vigilance sleuths raided Nayak’s residential triple storeyed building at MIG-II-264, Phase III at Chhend in Kalinga Vihar area of Rourkela (estimated value Rs 75 lakh), double-storeyed building at MIG-II-27 at Phase-III, Chhend in Kalinga Vihar of Rourkela (estimated value Rs35 lakh) and a 3 BHK flat (No-215) in Block-E of Acropolis Apartment at Gothapatna in Bhubaneswar (estimated value more Rs 50 lakh).

The Vigilance sleuths also carried out a raid at the office chamber of Nayak and the house of his younger brother in Jajpur Road.

They seized 2 four-wheelers and one two-wheeler from there. Bank and other deposits, gold, cash and other movable and immovable properties were also seized.

Vigilance is looking into all suspected transactions made for acquisition of the benami assets by Nayak. The sleuths are hoping to unearth more assets including benami properties and the overall valuation might increase.