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Odishatv Bureau

Sambalpur: The Sambalpur University authorities on Wednesday suspended section officer Akhaya Seth and former officer Ramchandra Bag for their alleged involvement in financial irregularities worth Rs 48 lakh in the National Service Scheme department.

Vice chancellor of the varsity Dr Chittaranjan Tripathy said, “Section officer Ramchandra Bag has been put under suspension on charges of dereliction of duties.”

He further stated section officer Trinath Hati was suspended by the university earlier and two complaints have been lodged against him at the Burla police station.

Besides, show cause notice has been issued to the varsity’s financial controller Dr Khetrabasi Manaseth and former financial controller Prof Arka Keshari Dasmohapatra in connection the financial irregularities.

Preliminary police probe revealed that section officer Trinath Hati had allegedly embezzled National Service Scheme (NSS) funds worth Rs 47,73,912 by transferring it to account of Dillip Biswal, a contractor based at Burla.

Trinath redirected the funds in phase wise manner between February 20 and July 27, 2015 through a fake letter from UCO bank addressed to the varsity.

The issue came to notice of the varsity administration after the financial controller Khetrabasi Manseth complained about the fraud.

Even though the scam occurred in 2015 the varsity authorities could only come to know about it recently.

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