Administrative Service (OAS) officer and Additional Sub-Collector of Nabarangpur, Prasanta Kumar Rout was arrested by Vigilance for amassing disproportionate assets.
As per reports, Rout has amassed assets of more than Rs 5.21 crore which is 506 per cent of his known source of income.
Speaking about the case, SP of Vigilance Cell, M Radhakrishnan said, “As per our estimates till now, Rout has amassed unaccounted money to the tune of Rs 5 crore. He failed to provide the source of the money and assets. A case in this connection has been registered at Rourkela Vigilance Police Station. He has been arrested and will be forwarded to court soon.”
"He has opened many bank accounts and handled cash transactions through them. We have seized several passbooks and ATM cards from him too. We are in the process of verifying all the details and we will come to a conclusion soon enough,” he added.
"During the course of the investigation, a woman in whose name a benami bank account was reportedly opened, arrived at the house of Rout where the raid is currently undergoing. She said that she just came to know that an account has been opened in her name at a private bank. The vigilance officials had called her following which she went there to answer their questions.”
“I do not have any knowledge about the account neither do I know how much money that account has,” she said.
It is pertinent to mention here that the vigilance earlier unearthed over Rs 3 crore cash and five plots including four in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar and one ‘benami plot’ at Umarkote in Nabarangpur from the possession of Rout. The measurement and valuation of the above building/plots are being carried out by the Vigilance Technical Wing.
Cash worth Rs 3,02,30,800 was recovered from the residence of Rout at Bhubaneswar and Nabarangpur. Further, Rout seems to have made regular cash deposits in a number of ‘benami bank accounts’. Details of one such account opened in the name of an acquaintance in Indusind Bank, Bhubaneswar has been collected where Rs 21 lakh cash deposits are suspected to have been made by Rout from 2019 onwards.
Bank & Insurance deposits of over Rs 41 lakh, two four-wheelers (Toyota Innova & Maruti Swift) and one two-wheeler (Honda Activa) worth Rs 37 lakh, gold and silver jewellery and household articles worth over Rs 21.35 lakh have also been recovered. The cost of Innova car (benami) is Rs 29,50,163 which is under verification.
Earlier during his tenure as BDO at Bisra Block, he was arrested on November 6, 2018 for taking Rs 1 lakh bribe. Then he was placed under suspension and was reinstated on January 18, 2020 as the Additional Sub-Collector of Nabarangpur.