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Vikash Sharma

The Vigilance sleuths recovered Rs 1.15 crore cash during searches at the house of Malkangiri Rural Development Department-I Superintendent Engineer Ashish Kumar Dash at Trishulia in Cuttack on Monday.

The searches at the government official’s premises entered its fourth day, today. Apart from cash, the anti-corruption agency personnel have also recovered 632 gm gold including biscuits/coins. Earlier Rs 21,75,470 cash and 602 grams of gold had been recovered following searches at the official’s Malkangiri residence.

With this, the total recovery has gone up to Rs 1. 36 crore which is the highest seizure in the history of Odisha Vigilance. A total of 1.2 kg of gold has also been recovered.

It is pertinent to mention here that Dash was intercepted by the Vigilance sleuths on Friday when he was about to deposit Rs 10,23,970 cash in a bank. The swoop was made following receipt of credible information about Dash moving with huge amount of cash which he had procured through illegal means.

During searches, the Vigilance department has also found deposits of Rs 2.25 Crore cash in 12 bank accounts in Axis Bank (in name of family, relatives and associates) operated by Dash.

Earlier, deposits worth Rs 1.77 Crore had been unearthed. With this, deposits worth over Rs 4 Crore in Bank FDs/ Savings/ Insurance have been traced, the Vigilance said in a release.

“Verification of various bank accounts and two bank lockers is still under process. Assets likely to increase further,” the Vigilance added.

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