Retd govt official sentenced to one year RI

Bhubaneswar: A special vigilance court on Tuesday here sentenced a former director of soil conservation department to one year rigorous imprisonment (RI) and fined Rs 20,000 on charges of accumulating wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income.
 
However, the former director has refuted the charges levelled against him.
 
According to reports, Gopinath Biswal, the retired government official had stashed money of Rs 3.2 lakh beyond his known sources of income while he was serving as the director of soil conservation department from 1982 to 1986.
 
Vigilance sleuths had also raided his office and residence in 1994 and recorded statements of as many as 38 witnesses.
 
The case was initially taken up at the vigilance court for trial and later shifted to the newly-formed special court of the anti-corruption department.
 
During the trial it was proved that Biswal had stashed an amount of Rs 2, 66, 268 beyond his known sources of income.
 
The special vigilance court has earlier sentenced an engineer and an IAS officer on similar charges.