The Vigilance arrested Sushant Kumar Satpathy, the IIC of Boipariguda Police Station in Koraput district after he failed to give a satisfactory account of cash to the tune of Rs 37 lakh which was detected during searches in his official residence, office chamber at Boipariguda and his quarters in Cuttack.
As per reports, the IIC was detained near Jeypore on Monday night while he was returning home in Cuttack in a private bus. At that time, cash worth Rs 2.70 lakh was seized from his possession. Thereafter, Rs 3 lakh cash was seized from his official residence at Boipariguda while Rs 1.80 lakh was found from his official chamber. Besides, Rs 29.77 lakh was later recovered from his quarters in Cuttack.
Sources said the IIC was unable to provide satisfactory details of the sources of the cash that was recovered from his possession.
Further investigation into the extent of his movable and immovable properties is on. Satpathy was earlier working in Rayagada and then at the district headquarters office in Koraput. In September, he was transferred to the Boipariguda Police Station.
Though Vigilance has not confirmed the sources of the cash, it is suspected that it might have a link with the ganja smuggling which is rampant in the fringe areas of Koraput and Malkangiri districts.
Vigilance SP (Jeypore), Pradyumna Kumar Dwivedy said, “Acting on a reliable tip-off, Vigilance officials detained the IIC travelling in a private bus at around 7.46 pm on Monday near Jeypore. Rs 2.70 lakh cash he was carrying in an airbag was seized. Over Rs 37.27 lakh was recovered during multiple searches. The IIC was unable to explain the sources of the cash recovered from him. A case has been registered in this regard and he was arrested today.”