Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: The State Vigilance sleuths on Thursday raided multiple places associated with Forest Ranger in Muribahala of Titlagarh Prashant Nayak on the allegation of possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

This morning, officials of the anti-corruption department conducted simultaneous raids at four places in connection with a disproportionate assets (DA) charge against the Forest Ranger.

A 25-member team constituting Vigilance officials from Bolangir, Sonepur, Bargarh and Sambalpur has been formed to investigate the DA charges levelled against the official.

According to sources, simultaneous searches were conducted at the houses of the accused Forest Ranger in Hatapada in Titlagarh, in Muribahala, his Range office and farm house at Belapadara.

The total valuation of the disproportion assets in possession of the Forest Ranger is yet to be unearthed and ascertained as raids were still underway when the last reports came in.

On Wednesday, the Vigilance officials detected assets worth over Rs 1.42 crore in possession of Sanjukta Das, a section officer at the office of District Panchayat Officer, Jagatsinghpur. Simultaneous raids were conducted at multiple places on Wednesday by the officials of the Cuttack vigilance division based on allegations of possession of unaccounted wealth. The searches were conducted on the strength of warrants issued by the Special vigilance judge court, Cuttack.

In the course of search, Das was found in possession of assets worth Rs.1,42,08,870 including one triple-storied building, one double-storied building, one 3 BHK flat, six plots, one four-wheeler, two two-wheelers, deposits in different banks and post offices, investment in insurance policies, gold ornaments, cash and household articles, said officials.