Vigilance sleuths arrested an assistant programme officer in Sambalpur district for accepting bribe and raided the house and office of a senior clerk on disproportionate assets charges in a separate incident in Bolangir district on Saturday.
The anti-graft agency arrested Surendra Sahu, the assistant programme officer of Nakatideula in Sambalpur for accepting bribe of Rs 4000 from the relative of a Gaan Sathi. He was caught red-handed by the vigilance at his office while receiving the illegal gratification.
Sahu, however, denied his involvement in bribery case.
“I didn’t demand any amount from anyone. The man gave me Rs 4000 and approached to the do the work. I generally don’t do the ‘coding’ works which he wanted,” he said.
According to reports, Sahu had demanded bribe from the relative of a Gaan Sathi for processing of a file in a canal work.
The complainant lodged an objection with Vigilance based on which the anti-corruption bureau registered a case and laid a trap to nab the government official.
Sahu has been forwarded to court today, vigilance official said.
In a separate incident, a joint team of vigilance officials from Bolangir, Sonepur, Sambalpur and Bargarh district carried out raids at the houses of Rabindra Mohanty, a senior clerk at Puintala block in Bolangir district.
Separate teams of the vigilance conducted simultaneous raids at four locations associated with Mohanty including his office. The searches were carried out at his houses at Sagarpada, Tushura and ancestral village Dunguripali along with his office at Punitala.
The vigilance sleuths are examining his bank accounts, plots and movable and immovable properties.
Till the last report came in, the searches were in progress. The total valuation of the properties has not yet been ascertained, vigilance sources said.