OSPHWC Jt Manager in Vigilance net

Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its probe into alleged financial irregularities in Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation, a team of Vigilance sleuths conducted raids at the corporation’s Bhawanipatna division joint manager Achutananda Routray’s residence in Mahanadi Vihar and deputy manager Prashant Panigrahi’s house in Cuttack today.

Source said a five-member team of the State probe agency conducted search at Routray’s residence ‘Prabhu Prasad’ in Mahanadi Vihar at around 5 am and laid their hands on many incriminating documents. Besides, the sleuths conducted simultaneous raids at Routray’s other two houses located in Nischinta Koili and Balasore.

Another team of the probe agency raided the corporation’s deputy manager house in Tulsipur area of Cuttack in connection with the case. Notably, on Wednesday, the Vigilance had registered seven criminal cases against officials of the corporation’s Bhawanipatna Division for alleged misappropriation to the tune of Rs 10.27 crore in execution of different works and registered cases against joint manager Achyutananda Routray, junior assistant Bishnu Charan Behera and clerk Mahabir Das.

The irregularities took place between 2009 and 2014. Bungling have been detected in 38 projects related to construction of Kalahandi, Subarnapur, Nuapada and Bolangir police stations along with Fire Stations and barracks.