Building of retd government officer confiscated

Bhubaneswar: A building on four acres of land valued at Rs 3.60 lakh belonging to a retired state government officer in Odisha has been confiscated at Baula village in Cuttack district by anti-corruption vigilance wing on the basis of a court directive.

The property of Swaraj Dutta, ex-deputy director of social forestry, Bhawanipatna in Kalahandi district, was confiscated yesterday on charge of amassing properties disproportionate to his known source of income, a vigilance official said.

He was facing trial for possession of disproportionate assets to a tune of Rs 8.50 lakh.

The case was under trial in the Court of Special Judge, Vigilance, Bhubaneswar and after establishment of theSpecial Court, Bhubaneswar under the Orissa Special Courts Act 2006, this case was transferred to theSpecial court, Bhubaneswar for trial.

Dutta was found guilty of the offence under various provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and had been sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for two and half years and to pay a fine of Rs 10,000 in default to undergo rigorous imprisonment for further period of two months.

The order was passed by the Special Court on October 1, 2011.

On disposal of the Confiscation Proceeding on the application filed by the Vigilance, the authorised officer, Special Court, Bhubaneswar has passed orders for confiscation of property amounting to Rs 3.60 lakh.