10 August 2018
Bhubaneswar: Odisha cadre senior IAS officer Binod Kumar, who has been held guilty in the Rs 55 lakh Orissa Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC) scam of 1999, was awarded three years of jail sentence after he surrendered before the Special Vigilance Court here today.
Following the court's verdict, the convicted IAS officer was sent to Jharpada Special Jail here.
Bhubaneswar Vigilance Court Special Judge in his order on the day mentioned, “After going through the circumstances of the convict and the circumstances of the crime, I sentence the convicts Vinod Kumar, IAS and Purna Chandra Dash to undergo rigorous imprisonment (RI) for 3 years each and to pay a fine Rs 25,000 each and in default thereof to undergo RI for 2 months each more for the offence U/s 13(2) P.C. Act.”
The Special Vigilance Court had pronounced the verdict against Binod Kumar and seven other ORHDC officials on July 3. However on July 10, Orissa High Court had put a stay order on the Special Vigilance Court’s action against him.
The Special Vigilance Court had earlier issued non-bailable arrest warrants (NBWs) against five, including Kumar, as they were untraceable.
Even the Vigilance sleuths had earlier raided Kumar’s house at Nayapalli’s VIP Colony after the court pronounced the conviction order. Notably, the IAS officer was the then Director of ORHDC in 1999 when the scam of Rs 55 lakh (financial irregularity) took place.
As per the State Vigilance, the ORHDC had allegedly started extending loans to private builders and individuals without adhering to prescribed guidelines after the 1999 Super Cyclone.
The conviction order pronounced by the Special Judge (Vigilance), Bhubaneswar has been slapped against Vinod Kumar, Purna Chandra Das, Ex-Executive Director (Technical), ORHDC, Sanjay Mohanty, Ex- Asst. Manager, ORHDC, Pradeep Kumar Rout, Ex- Accounts Officer, ORHDC, Chittaranjan Mallick, Accountant (Contractual), ORHDC and Ashis Kumar Nayak, Secretary of Gramya Bikas Manch (NGO).
They have all been found guilty of the offences under relevant Sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC.
The charges stated that the accused had entered into a criminal conspiracy to release funds in an arbitrary manner without following the guidelines to set up Rural Building Centre (RBC), thereby cheating the State and the financial institutions.
The case had been taken over by the State Vigilance in December 2007 and was investigated by Inspector of Vigilance Cell (Cuttack) SK Das Mohapatra.