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Vigilance Conducts Searches At Multiple Locations In DA Case Against Suspended IFS Officer

Bhubaneswar: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Odisha Vigilance has intensified probe into the disproportionate assets case registered against suspended IFS officer Abhay Kant Pathak.

Separate teams of the anti-corruption wing on Tuesday conducted searches in different parts of the State including Bhubaneswar, Bolangir, Berhampur and Sambalpur.

As per official sources, a detailed investigation has been launched at Bolangir where Abhay Pathak was working as CCF between February 7, 2014 and June 11, 2017. The Bolangir Vigilance division carried out a detailed inquiry at the CCF office and sought some documents relevant to the case including Pathak’s salary and income tax details.

The Vigilance has also sought information whether Pathak had withdrawn his GPF or not and whether he had submitted details of his property or not.

As there are 9 kendu leaf divisions under the Bolangir CCF, it is alleged that Pathak with the help of some staff was involved in massive irregularities and corruption.

“The Vigilance department has sought information regarding Pathak’s salary, income tax and property list. A detailed document is being prepared in this regard,” said head clerk (Bolangir) CCF office, Gauranga Mishra.

On November 25, simultaneous searches were conducted at five places in Bhubaneswar, seven places at Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra and one place in Bihar which were linked with Pathak by Vigilance sleuths based on search warrants.

Following the searches and further enquiry, Abhay Pathak was found in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 9.35 crore, beyond his known sources of income (435 per cent of total income from all known sources), the Vigilance department had claimed.

On November 27, IFS officer Abhay Kant Pathak and his son Akash was arrested. While the IFS officer was arrested on charges of amassing disproportionate assets, his son was arrested for misusing the ill-gotten money. They were subsequently remanded to judicial custody till December 9, 2020.

Meanwhile, the suspended IFS officer’s driver was interrogated by the Vigilance sleuths in Bhubaneswar today.

Earlier, the department had revealed that Rs 20 lakh was recovered from the residence of Pathak’s driver.

Sources said Vigilance department had also recovered some documents during the searches which were earlier conducted on Pathak’s residence. The CCTV footage is also being examined to ascertain with whom Pathak was in close contacts.

The sleuths are also collecting the pay-particulars of Abhay Kant Pathak from the office of Abhyaranya office in Bhubaneswar. Besides, searches were also conducted on the residence of Pathak’s nephew Harsh at Khandagiri area in the Smart City.

On the other hand, the Crime Branch has also intensified its probe against the cheating allegations that have been levelled against Pathak’s son Akash by Tata Motors. A team of the CID, Crime branch conducted searches in Berhampur today.

“Acting on the complaint filed by Tata Motors, a case has been registered by cyber police station against Akash Pathak. A team of the crime branch had recently visited Pune and another team is conducting probe in Berhampur on the allegations of cheating people in the name of recruitment,” said IG Crime Branch. Amitendra Nath Sinha.

(Edited By Suryakant Jena)

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