Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of State Vigilance has found evidence of another Rs 1.28 crore cash deposited in the accounts of Akash Kumar Pathak, the son of senior IFS officer Abhay Kant Pathak.

With this, the total bank deposits in his accounts in Bhubaneswar and Pune detected so far has climbed up to Rs 16.05 crore.

“The total deposits in Akash Pathak’s three bank accounts till date of search operations so far has gone up to Rs 16.05 crore. Out of this, total cash deposits amount to Rs 10.76 crore,” said Vigilance Department in a statement.

Apart from the total cash, the Vigilance department has also traced bank accounts and insurance policies of Akash Pathak at Berhampur and Bolangir.

“Apart from Akash Pathak, various other bank accounts of his father Abhay Kant Pathak and his other family members have been traced at Berhampur which are under verification,” the Vigilance statement read.

Earlier, the Odisha Crime Branch arrested Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi on the charges of collecting money on behalf of Akash Pathak who was accused of cheating people by impersonating himself as a senior official of Tata Motors.

Panigrahi has been arrested under Sections -419 (cheating by personation), 420 (Cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (Forgery of valuable security), 468 (Forgery for purpose of cheating), 469 (Forgery for purpose of harming reputation), 471 (Using as genuine a forged document), 120 B (a party to a criminal conspiracy) of the Indian Penal Code.

Panigrahi has also been booked under Sections 66 (c), 66 (D) of the IT Act, 2000.