10 October 2019
Bhubaneswar: Taking a strong stand against corruption, the State government has ordered compulsory retirement for three officials. Athagarh Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) Sudhanshu Sekhar Mishra, Prana Krushna Prasad, Executive Engineer in Rural Works Department, and Umesh Chandra Tripathy, Deputy Executive Engineer also in Works Department were given retirement after uncovering of several corruption charges against these men.
Mishra was booked by the State Vigilance in a disproportionate assets (DA) case for acquiring assets in his name and in the name of his family members, to the tune of more than Rs 5.5 crores.
During the raid on his house, more than one crore of cash was seized. It is important to note here that’ this is the highest seizure of cash from a government servant in Odisha. Additionally, he had Rs 3.46 crores deposited in his many bank accounts, shares etc. Mishra was arrested and then forwarded to the court. The former DFO has been under suspension since February 25, 2016.
Prasad was caught twice taking bribe, once in 2015 and 2018; first time by Cuttack Vigilance Police Station and second time by Bhubaneswar Vigilance Police Station.
Tripathy an OES was involved in four vigilance cases; all under Koraput Vigilance Police Station. The charges were showing undue official favour to the contractor, misappropriation of Government money by recording inflated measurements, and possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.
Six days ago, three Government employees were handed out premature retirement orders on corruption charges in DA case that were proven against them following a Vigilance investigation. The General Administration and Public Grievance department of Odisha has issued a circular, asking all the secretaries to weed out such officers and employees.