OSSC staff arrest: 114 admit cards found, 107 candidates not in any selection list

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Vigilance officials found as many as 114 admit cards of candidates of various Odisha Staff Selection Commission (OSSC) examinations while searching the residence of the commission’s employee Biranchi Narayan Sahoo, who was arrested and taken on remand by the anti-corruption agency over alleged possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

“A total of 114 admit cards of candidates of various OSSC examinations were found during search conducted on the main residential building of Sahoo at Niladri Vihar, Chandrasekharpur, Bhubaneswar on 30.07.2021. During verification, out of these 114 candidates, names of 107 candidates were not found in any selection list. Further scrutiny is going on,” a press release of the Odisha Vigilance said.

Interrogation and investigation have so far revealed that along with his official duties, Sahoo was running an insurance business in the name of his wife since 2009 and was actively soliciting insurance policy subscriptions. It has been ascertained that insurance policies of more than 900 subscribers have been solicited by Sahoo till date. A number of these are suspected to be candidates of various OSSC exams and it is alleged that he was influencing applicants to subscribe to such policies. So far, names of 21 subscribers have been traced in the list, who were also candidates of various OSSC exams, the release said.

Bank transactions, investments in mutual funds and shares, and payment of insurance policy premiums by Sahoo and his family members as well as benami transactions are being verified, the release added.

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