Vigilance to confiscate properties of ex-IAS officer

Bhubaneswar: A special vigilance court on Monday directed the anti-corruption wing to confiscate properties of a retired Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in a asset disproportionate case.

The 1979 batch Orissa cadre IAS officer Ramesh Charan Behera was in vigilance net in 1990 for accumulating assets more than Rs 4, 80, 000 disproportionate to his known sources of income. 

The vigilance court has attached properties—a two-storey building at Goshani Nuagaon in Berhampur, farm house at Bhaliaguda and ten plots at various places.

The anti-corruption wing had raided Behera’s residence in 1990 when he was posted as director of municipal administration and additional secretary, housing and urban development department.

The officer was then placed as officer without duty as graft cases were pending against him. In 2008, he applied for voluntary retirement from service.

Notably, this is the first such instance of confiscation of property of an IAS officer in the state.