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Ramakanta Biswas

The Odisha Vigilance sleuths on Monday traced movable and immovable assets over Rs 2.16 crore in the possession of Sudarsan Pradhan, a constable in Berhampur Police District. 

The officials of the anti-corruption wing conducted simultaneous searches on the property of Pradhan following allegations of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Three teams of Odisha Vigilance led by one additional SP, two DSPs, five inspectors and other staff carried out the raids on the strength of search warrants issued by the Court of Special Vigilance Judge, Berhampur. 

"One triple storeyed building at Lochapada, Berhampur, three newly-constructed buildings at Nimakhandi, Berhampur, nine plots at Lochapada, Nimakhandi and Tumbagada in Ganjam district, two bikes, Rs 5,16,880 in cash and other movable and immovable properties, all totalling to over Rs 2.16 crore have been unearthed during the house search so far," the vigilance said in a statement. 

Further searches are underway, the statement added. 

Recently, the Vigilance department had detected property worth around Rs 7 crore in possession of police constable Prasanna Kumar Behera who was arrested on charges of running a bar illegally, without license and in violation of COVID-19 guidelines.

During the course of the investigation, the constable and his family were found to be in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 6,97,15,057 which constitutes 221% of their known sources of income, the anti-corruption agency had said in its statement.

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