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Odisha Vigilance Digs Into Suspended IAS Officer Bijay Ketan's Bank Accounts

07 January 2020


Bhubaneswar: The Vigilance Directorate today made some revelations in the graft case involving senior IAS officer Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya. According to the Vigilance, scrutiny of Upadhyaya's accounts in private and public sector banks revealed noticeable cash transactions.

During the period from 2012 to 2019, cash deposits of around Rs 70 lakhs in three banks have been traced. The cash deposits have been made both in counter and through cash accepting machines, the Vigilance said.

"There has been a trend of multiple cash deposits in split up amounts on a single day and on successive days. Out of total cash deposits of Rs 70 lakhs, cash deposits of around Rs 22 lakhs relate to Upadhyaya's tenure as Director of Horticulture. Money transactions in a number of linked accounts have been found which are being verified," the Vigilance Directorate stated.

Some suspicious accounts have also been found through which illegal gratification is suspected to have been routed. These accounts are being probed.

Upadhyaya was arrested in a bribery case on December 30 and sent to judicial custody in Jharpada Special Jail in Bhubaneswar for 14 days. Court of Special Judge, Vigilance had allowed the anti-corruption agency to take him on remand till January 5 for questioning. After completion of the remand period, he was produced before the court, which remanded him to judicial custody.