CB gets Gouda on fresh 4-day remand

Bhubaneswar: The Khurda district and sessions judge court on Monday allowed the Crime Branch to take to take Motilal Gouda, the arrested former assistant director of the Directorate of Factories and Boilers, on a fresh four-day remand.

The investigating agency produced Gouda in the court at the end of the first phase of remand period today and prayed to the court for permission to take him on a fresh seven-day remand. But the court allowed the probe agency to take him only on a four-day remand.

Sources in the Crime Branch said the agency may also interrogate the wife of Gouda about his financial transactions.

Last Monday, the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court had allowed the Crime Branch of Odisha police to take Gouda on a six-day remand a day after he was arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Crime Branch from Vizianagaram for embezzlement to the tune of Rs 63 lakh.

Gouda had allegedly caused a loss of Rs 63 lakh to the Odisha government by issuing a fake gazette notification asking industries in the State to get the health check-ups of their staff done at one of the five ’empanelled’ pathology laboratories. Based on this notification, he even managed to sign a contract with Navaratna PSU Nalco for Rs 63 lakh.

Gouda was in the process of signing another contract worth Rs 1.02 crore when the matter came to the fore and a complaint was registered with the investigating agency.

Notably, on November 17, 2015, the State government had removed 408 medical officers from government service for remaining ‘absent from duty for a long period unauthorisedly and willfully.’ Gouda’s name had appeared in the list at serial number 355.

Curiously, Gouda was working as the Assistant director in the Department of Factories (Medical), which functions under the Labour department, when he was sacked and continued to do so till a scam perpetrated by him sealed his fate. Later he was sacked by the Health department.