Disproportionate assets: Dhenkanal RTO in Vigilance net

Dhenkanal: Vigilance sleuths today conducted raids on the houses and office of Dhenkanal Regional Transport Officer (RTO) Basant Kumar Behera on charges of amassing assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Sources said, a team of anti-graft officials of Cuttack and Angul division carried simultaneous searches in five places including Behera’s office in Dhenkanal town, residential house at Ranihat and staff quarter registered in his wife’s name, who works in SCB Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack.

The sleuths also raided his apartment at Khandagiri in Bhubaneswar and his in-law’s house at Binjharpur in Jajpur district, sources added.

“Acting on a search warrant issued by Cuttack Vigilance court and direction of the SP of Vigilance Cuttack division, we conducted the search operation. However, we did not get any of his personal documents during our search at his office in Dhenkanal, said Angul Vigilance Inspector Daitari Ghadei, adding that the raids in Cuttack are still on by the officials.

The exact amount of disproportionate property unearthed during the raids will be known after the raids are over. On the other hand, Behera could not be contacted for his comments on the allegations.