Property of former IAS officer seized

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate police equipped with the marching orders from the special vigilance court today literally threw former IAS officer Sanjiv Ray and his family from his Gandamunda house on the periphery of the state capital. The police have sealed his house. Incidentally, Sanjiv Ray earned the dubious distinction of being the first IAS officer who had to be driven out of his house on the proven charges of amassing property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Sanjiv Ray was pronounced guilty and awarded jail term by the special vigilance court on Janury 25. Sanjiv was foumd to be guilty of possessing ill-gotten property worth Rs 15,48,017. The vigilance court had asked to seize his assets on August 20. Several bank accounts of Sanjiv Ray and his familty too have been seized. Sanjiv,however, has filed a case in the high court pleading not to auction his house.

The vigilance court in the past had given orders to seize the farm house of former IAS officer Ramesh Chandra Behera located at Berhampur. The special court has recently given an order to seize the proprty of a former IPS officer.