Crorepati tehsildar arrested following 2-day Vigilance raid, DA worth over Rs 5 crore unearthed

Sundargarh: Following a 2-day long raid that started yesterday morning, Odisha Vigilance today arrested Tangarpali additional tehsildar Kulamani Patel in Sundargarh after he was found to have accumulated assets worth more than Rs 5 crore, disproportionate to his legal sources of income.

Disproportionate assets to the tune of 253 per cent of known sources of income including two multi-storey buildings, three residential houses, 21 plots, bank and insurance deposits worth over Rs 37.68 lakh were found in possession of the additional tehsildar, a Vigilance press communiqué stated.

Patel was taken to the district headquarters hospital (DHH) in Sundargarh town in the evening for a medical check-up and was later forwarded to Special Vigilance Court here for physical appearance.

The assets that Patel has illegally accumulated are: deposits of around Rs 59.17 lakh kept in 28 bank accounts, buildings and landed properties worth Rs 1 crore 60 lakh and 42 thousand, and other movable and immovable assets including gold ornaments and cash worth over Rs 2 crore 20 lakh, a source said.

Rourkela Vigilance PS Case (No-20, Dated September 22, 2022 has been registered against the additional tehsildar of Tangarpali tehsil office Kulamani Patel and his spouse under Section 13(2) written with Sections 13(1)(b)/12 of PC Act, 1988 as amended by PC (Amendment) Act, 2018, in this connection.

Movable and immovable assets found by Vigilance in the name of Patel and his family members are:

A triple storey residential building over plot No-1593/1666 and 2666/4073, khata No-235/633, mouza-Lephripada, Dist-Sundargarh worth approx Rs 1 crore, a double storey building over plot No-561/4695 and 561/3937/4945, khata No-427/312, mouza-Chitabhanga, Sundargarh town, Dist-Sundargarh worth over Rs 46.29 lakh, three numbers of residential houses built over plot No-1482, khata No-108, mouza-Dumerbahal, PS-Lephripada, Dist-Sundargarh, 21 numbers of plots in prime areas of Sundargarh district, bank and insurance deposits worth over Rs 37.68 lakhs, three four-wheelers worth Rs 14.48 lakh, two tractors and two trailers worth Rs 14 lakh, three two-wheelers worth over Rs 2.44 lakh, cash, gold and silver ornaments and several household articles worth over Rs 7.81 lakh, Vigilance official stated.

It is pertinent to mention, simultaneous house searches were conducted at eight places in Sundargarh district by eight teams of Odisha Vigilance led by four DSPs, 10 Inspectors, four ASIs and other staff on the strength of Warrants issued by the Honourable Court of Special Vigilance Judge in Sundargarh.

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