Deogarh: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) today arrested former BJD MLA of Deogarh, Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan on charges of misappropriation of money meant for compensation to the villagers displaced by the Rengali dam project.
According to sources, crores of rupees were sanctioned for the villagers who lost their homes and land due to the Rengali project.
As per an EOW release, one Madhusudan Garnayak and his brother Siba Prasad had engaged Pradhan as their advocate to file a case in the Civil Court for fair and reasonable value of their acquired land. However, Pradhan misappropriated a sum of Rs 27, 01, 848 by submitting fake and forged legal heir certificates in the name of Madhusudan and Siba.
Meanwhile, EOW will forward the former legislator to the SDJM Court on October 11.
Further investigation into the alleged embezzlement is on, the release read.