Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

Bhubaneswar: Vigilance sleuths on Wednesday conducted simultaneous raids at six places associated with Chandramani Sahu, an assistant engineer of Talcher Rural Development Department, on charges of amassing property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

According to reports, several teams of the anti-corruption agency raided Sahu’s residences in Dhenkanal Town Planning area, Station Bazar and Tankapani Road, his in-laws' house at Mahabir Bazar, parental house in Khandabandha and laid its hand on some important documents.

Moreover, a team also conducted searches in his office at Talcher. The total valuation of his disproportion assets is yet to be unearthed as raids were still underway when the last reports came in.

In another case of DA, vigilance on October 21 had simultaneously raided five places associated with Sarada Prasad Gauda, assistant engineer of Bhubaneswar R&B Division-5. Several teams raided Gauda’s three-storied building at Ganga Nagar, parental house, relative's house and in-laws' house in Ganjam.

On the previous day, vigilance officials had raided six places associated with one Rabindra Nath Pradhan, assistant executive engineer of General Public Health (GPH) division-II, on the same charge.

It is to be noted that Tarabha Tehsildar Subrat Kumar Behera, who was also in-charge of Tarabha sub-registrar, was arrested by the vigilance officials after he was caught accepting bribe of Rs 20,000 from a person at his official residence at Tarabha in Sonepur district. He had demanded illegal monetary gratification from one Kanhucharan Das of Ghatakaintara reportedly for registration of a land. Kanhu Charan had sold his plot in Antardamouza to one Rabindra Mishra, a resident of Tulunda and applied for approval of the sale of the land deed before the concerned Tehsildar.

(Edited by Devbrat Patnaik)

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