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  • OSSC member's PS Biranchi Narayan Sahoo given compulsory retirement

The Odisha government on Monday sent Biranchi Narayan Sahoo, the personal secretary to a member of the Commission on compulsory retirement following his arrest in a disproportionate assets case.

Taking exemplary action against the tainted employee, the State government on Monday effected compulsory retirement of Biranchi. Earlier in the day, he was also suspended from the service, informed the OSSC Chairman Nirmal Chandra Mishra. 

Biranchi was arrested by the Vigilance on amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income two days ago.

The anti-corruption agency had detected a total property worth over Rs 3.79 crore during simultaneous raids at multiple locations linked to him in Bhubaneswar and Cuttack and four other places.

According to sources, Biranchi was about to retire within 6 months after a service of 26 years when law caught up with him for amassing the ill-gotten assets. 

His arrest in the disproportionate assets case has also raised many questions on the transparency and integrity of the OSSC.

Hundreds of members belonging to the Chhatra Congress (Students’ wing of Congress party) today tried to barge into the office of OSSC demanding investigation into alleged ‘bribe for recruitment scandal’.

However, OSSC chairman Nirmal Chandra Mishra asserted that there is no link of the recruitment examinations and selection of candidates conducted by it with the arrest of the PS.

“In order to clear the doubts rising in the minds of people, I would like to tell that we have adopted a transparent system of recruitment. It is not right to blame the whole system on the basis of a mistake committed by one person,” the OSSC chief said.   

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