CESU DGM in vigilance net

Cuttack: A senior officer of a power distribution company came under the vigilance scanner on Tuesday when at least three teams of anti-corruption wing of Odisha police searched his office and houses here, at Bhubaneswar and at his native place near Salepur.

The vigilance department registered a disproportionate asset case against Chittaranjan Devata, deputy general manger of Central Electricity Supply Utility(CESU) office here, following an allegation of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, official sources said.

The department sleuths detected movable and immovable properties worth over Rs one crore in the name of Devata. More documents and his investment in different instruments were detected and assessment of those properties is on, the sources said.

Devata`s residential house at Mahanadi Vihar here, his house at his native village at Chandradeipur near Salepur and another building in the name of Devata at Nayapally in Bhubaneswar, were searched simultaneously on the strength of a search warrant.

The vigilance sleuths have assessed his palatial house in Cuttack to be worth over Rs 50 lakh, his Salepur house worth Rs 10 lakh and the Bhubaneswar house is said to be worth over Rs 12.50 lakh.

The search parties have also found documents showing his investments in banking and insurance to be of Rs 5.80 lakh. While gold ornaments weighing over 400 gm were found in his house, Rs 35,000 cash was seized from him, the sources said.

Besides, an amount of Rs 22,50000 was found to have been spent by Devata towards educational expenditure of his son at BITS, Pillani for Marine Engineering course and his daughter at Kasturba Medical College, Manipal University, Karnatak, the sources added.