Odisha Vigilance raid: Rs 38 lakh seized from OPHWC official Pratap Samal’s house in Bhubaneswar

Bhubaneswar: Vigilance officials today seized Rs 38.12 lakh in cash from the house of Odisha Police Housing & Welfare Corporation (OPHWC) Deputy Manager Pratap Kumar Samal here during a raid.

The anti-corruption agency officers also traced a five storeyed building at Gothapatna here in the name of his wife Sasmita Samal. The building has been valued at Rs 3.89 crore, official sources said.

Odisha Vigilance officials today raided multiple places in connection with allegation against Pratap Kumar Samal regarding possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Sleuths of the agency carried out simultaneous raids at a triple storeyed building in IRC Village, Bhubaneswar, a six storeyed building located opposite of Maa Bhagabati Temple, Biju Pattanaik College Chhak, Jayadev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, a single storeyed building in Sarakantra, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar given on rent, a flat on second floor, Narendra Villa, Jayadev Vihar, Bhubaneswar, a three storeyed apartment namely Ananya Towers at Balisahi, Basudevpur, Bhadrak, temporary residence of his associate at Ananya Towers, native house of Samal at Haripur, Simulia, Balasore, house of relative at Haripur, Simulia, Balasore and office of Samal located at OPHWC, Bhubaneswar.

As many as 10 teams of Odisha Vigilance conducted the searches on the strength of search warrants issued by the Court of Special Judge, Vigilance, Bhubaneswar.

Till last reports came in, the raids were underway and calculation of total value of his movable and immovable properties was yet to be completed.

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