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Sharmili Mallick

The Odisha Vigilance sleuths on Friday carried out simultaneous raids at several places including the office and residence of Santosh Kumar Darjee, the General Manager of Tata Power Western Odisha Distribution Ltd (TPWODL) in Sambalpur district on allegations of accumulation of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Separate teams of the Vigilance, led by a DSP, six inspectors, two ASIs and other staff conducted searches in three places in Sambalpur and Bargarh districts.

The anti-graft officials searched Darjee’s residential building located at Pradhanpara in Shakti Nagar area and office at Burla Corporate Office in Sambalpur, said a release issued by the Odisha Vigilance.

Similar searches were undertaken at his native village Atabira in Bargarh district, added the Vigilance.

The raids were conducted on the strength of search warrants issued by the Special Judge Vigilance in Sambalpur.

So far, cash over Rs 6.28 lakh has been recovered. More assets are likely to be detected during the raids, said the Vigilance officials.

Darjee was earlier posted as Chief Engineer Electrical in Western Electricity Supply Company of Odisha Limited (WESCO) Utility, added reports.

Other assets unearthed so far include:

  1. Duplex house in the name of his spouse in prime area of Raipur at Sector 12, Atal Nagar, Raipur has been unearthed.
  2. Cash Rs 7, 20, 360
  3. A palatial double storeyed building at Sambalpur.
  4. 2 plots in prime area of Ainthapali,  Sambalpur. 
  5. 2 four wheelers (Volkswagen  and Hyundai Verna) worth approx Rs 20.59 Lakh.
  6. 2 two wheelers ( Yamaha R-3, Suzuki Burgman Street) worth approx Rs 4.61 Lakh
  7. 2 Lockers at Axis and HDFC Bank including Bank deposits are under verification. 

The Vigilance is also suspecting that Darjee has purchased assets outside the State from his ill-gotten money. However, the total recovery will be known after the seraches are completely over.

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