Ex-Balangir DM’s bail plea rejected, sent to jail

Balangir: Senior IAS officer and former district magistrate-cum-collector Debraj Mishra was today remanded to 14 days’ judicial custody by a local court.

Additional district judge, Balangir, Santosh Kumar Behera, rejected the bail petition of Mishra when he was produced before him at his official residence as the original court was closed because it was the second Saturday of the month.

The 2001 batch officer was arrested yesterday on charges of his involvement in a scam relating to recruitment of Revenue Inspectors, Assistant Revenue Inspectors and Amins in Balangir district.

In September, the state government had suspended Mishra for alleged irregularities committed in the appointment of the revenue department posts during his tenure as Collector of Balangir district from August 2012 to July 2013.

Vigilance sleuths have seized a number of documents, besides about 300 grams of gold from his residence during a raid.

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