Crorepati Bhanjanagar additional civil supplies officer arrested by Vigilance over DA charge

Cuttack: Odisha Vigilance today arrested an additional civil supplies officer (ACSO), presently working in Bhanjanagar of Ganjam, for amassing assets disproportionate to his legal sources of income.

The ACSO identified as Sanjay Kumar Sahu has accumulated assets to the tune of 139 per cent including two 3-BHK Flats, a building and three plots in Bhubaneswar, which were unearthed during a raid.

During house searches, the following movable and immovable assets were unearthed in the name of Sahu and his family members: a 3-BHK Flat No-601 on the 6th floor of Khetrabasi Residency and another at K&K Plaza in Patia locality, Bhubaneswar; a 3-BHK Flat No-304, Block-G at De-Habitat-2, Shree Vihar and a building at Housing Board Colony, both in Chandrasekharpur of Bhubaneswar; three plots in and around Bhubaneswar; bank, postal and insurance deposits of around Rs 21.57 lakh; gold jewellery of about 200 grams; a four-wheeler (Honda City car) worth Rs 13.19 lakh and two two-wheelers and household articles worth approximately Rs 8 lakh, a press release issued by the Vigilance stated.

After a thorough search of inventory and further inquiry, the income, expenditure and assets of ACSO Sahu were calculated and he was found in possession of disproportionate assets which are 139% higher than his legal sources of income. Detailed probe of the case is underway, the press release mentioned.

Following his arrest, ACSO Sahu was forwarded to the Court of Special Judge, Vigilance in Dhenkanal as he could not satisfactorily account for the ill-gotten assets, a senior official of the raid team said.

Separate teams of Vigilance carried out simultaneous raids at seven places linked to Sahu in Khordha, Ganjam and Mayurbhanj districts. The teams comprised five DSPs, 12 Inspectors and several subordinate staff. A Cuttack Vigilance PS Case (No-13, dated-18.05.2023) has been registered against him under Section 13(2) r/w 13(1)(b) of the PC (Amendment) Act, 2018 in this connection. “Valuation of seized movable and immovable assets of Sahu would be more than Rs 5 crore,” the Vigilance official expressed.

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