Court allows Vigilance to take ‘crorepati’ mining officer on 2-day remand
Bhubaneswar: The Vigilance court here on Saturday allowed the Vigilance sleuths to take the arrested crorepati Phulbani mining officer Prafulla Kumar Sethi on two-day remand for further interrogation from tomorrow.
The state probe agency had prayed to the court to take Sethi on a five-day remand for further interrogation to extract more information about the quantum of property owned by him.
Besides, the probe agency will also interrogate Sethi about his financial transactions as most of his bank deposits were done through cash transfer.
Basant Kumar Panigrahi, Vigilance SP, Bhubaneswar, said, “Transactions are done mainly with close relations of Sethi. After taking Sethi on remand, we will cross examine him and proceed in the investigation. Apart from this, we will take action against the persons who would be found guilty.”
Vigilance officials on Thursday arrested Sethi in connection with a disproportionate assets (DQ) case.
The investigating agency had seized gold biscuits weighing around 447 gms and 500 gm of silver ornaments, among other valuables from his house during the raid.
Besides, the vigilance sleuths got to know that more than Rs 5 lakh had been kept in his name in various banks and post offices.
On Wednesday, acting on the complaints of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, several teams of vigilance conducted raids at nine different places, including Sethy’s Phulbani office, ancestral home and his houses located in GGP colony and Sabarsahi in Bhubaneswar.
During the raid, the vigilance team discovered that Nayak has three houses in Bhubaneswar, two in Teladiha, a plot and a market complex in Nischintakoili and properties worth lakhs in the name of his relatives.