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Ramakanta Biswas

The officials of Odisha Vigilance on Monday raided premises belonging to a head clerk at the Basudevpur block office in Bhadrak on allegation of misappropriation of huge amount of government funds.

Vigilance sources said that simultaneous raids were carried out at the property of Pravakar Pradhan, a former senior clerk-cum-cashier of Tihidi block and present head clerk of Basudevpur block of Bhadrak, and others.  

Four teams comprising two DSPs, five inspectors and other staff carried out the raids at five places in Bhadrak and Balasore district. 

According to Vigilance sources, Pradhan misappropriated government funds to the tune of Rs 20,25,000 belonging to 34 Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) beneficiaries of Tihidi block. He allegedly transferred the amount to the saving bank accounts of his spouse, mother and two other relatives during the financial year 2016-17 and 2017-18.

A complaint was lodged against Pradhan at Balasore vigilance police station following which a case was registered under relevant Sections of PC Act and IPC. 

“Pradhan, his wife Nitu Pradhan and Ranjan Kumar Sahani (friend of Pradhan's relative) have been detained.  Further investigation is continuing,” the Vigilance stated.

Giving further details about the case, Santosh Kumar Mishra, SP of Balasore Vigilance unit said, “Earlier, the accused was arrested in connection with a disproportionate assets case in February 2018. This time, he directly misappropriated Rs 20.25 lakh from IAY funds during his stint as senior clerk.”

“Pradhan had transferred funds from IAY funds to the bank accounts of his wife, mother, brother-in-law and his friend. Pradhan, his wife and the friend of his brother-in-law have been detained,” he added. 

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