Case against ex-DGP: HC posts next hearing to March 10

Bhubaneswar: Odisha High Court today concluded hearing of the arguments of State Vigilance department on the Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHWC) financial irregularities case involving former State director-general of police (DGP) Prakash Mishra, who is presently the DG of Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF).

The department, in its probe report presented in the court, stated that financial accounts were not properly maintained when Mishra was the chairman-cum-managing director (CMD) of OPHWC. A supplier, who supplies materials to the corporation, took advance money twice without delivering even once during Mishra’s tenure, according to the report.

As all these led to monetary loss to the corporation and, therefore, the FIR filed under the Section of 13-1-D and Sub-sections 1 and 2 (anti-corruption), is sustainable, the counsel for the department submitted.

Mishra had earlier requested the HC to scrap the FIR by arguing that he acted as per the powers entrusted upon him as the CMD of the welfare body.

Meanwhile, the court ordered that the next hearing in the case would now be held on March 10.