Suryakant Jena

The Vigilance Directorate has detected property worth around a whopping Rs 7 crore owned by the suspended police constable Prasanna Kumar Behera recently arrested on charges of running a bar illegally, without license and in violation of COVID-19 guidelines.

As per a press release issued by the Vigilance, simultaneous house searches were conducted at 5 places including South City Bar at Patrapada by 5 teams of Odisha Vigilance led by 2 DSsP, 6 Inspectors and other staff on the strength of search warrants issued by the Court of Special Judge, Vigilance, Bhubaneswar.

During the course of investigation, the constable and his family were found to be in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs.6,97,15,057/- (Rupees Six Crore Ninety-seven Lakh Fifteen Thousand Fifty-seven) which constitutes 221% of their known sources of income, the anti-corruption agency said in its statement.

The Vigilance said Behera and his family could not give satisfactory accounts for possessing the disproportionate assets detected after thorough search of inventory, income and expenditure.

Vigilance P.S. Case No.32 dt.30.10.2021 was registered against Sri Prasanna Kumar Behera and his spouse and family members U/s 13(2) r/w 13(1)(b)/12 PC Act, 1988 as amended by Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018.

Investigation of the case is in progress to unearth further assets and evidence in the case

Behera along with owner of South City Hotel, Pradyumna Jena, its manager Sourabh Jain were arrested on October 23 for illegally operating the bar which had come under scanner during an investigation into the murder case of Manish Anurag Das, the son of senior journalist Navin Das.

Prior to that, Behera serving as Odisha president of constable and havildar association was dismissed from service.