Ramakanta Biswas

In the largest ever cash haul by the Vigilance in the State, the Odisha Vigilance on Thursday seized around Rs 2 crore from the house of  Kartikeswar Roul and his second wife Kalpana Pradhan from a flat in Tata Ariana.

The seizure happened during ongoing searches against Kartikeswar Rout, Asst. Eng., O/o Executive Engineer, MI, Bhanjanagar, Ganjam. A counting machine was deployed to count large number of wads of currency notes.

As per reports, the raid today was a continuation of Wednesday, when properties amounting to Rs 2.76 Crore was unearthed, which included two apartment flats, seven plots, a duplex at Jagamara in Bhubaneswar, bank depositis of Rs 37.27 lakh and cash of Rs 2.5 lakh, belonging to the engineer.

However, the seizure of Rs 2 Cr cash today came as a shock for the vigilance sleuths who had to deployb cash counting machines to count so much money.

Issuing a statement, the Odisha Vigilance Director said, "We have our eyes on corrupt officials who have amassed assets disproportionate to their known source of income. We will take strict action against them."