Pradeep Panigrahi’s close aide arrested in job scam

Bhubaneswar: After hours of grilling, the Odisha Crime Branch (CB) today arrested MLA Pradeep Panigrahi’s close aide Sarbeswar Rao in connection with the alleged job fraud.

Rao, who was absconding earlier, is the former Principal of City College in Berhampur,. He has been arrested for his involvement in fraudulent activities on pretext of job in Tata Motors. As per CB sources, Rao used to send list of students to David Peter, personal secretary of Akash Pathak, who is the main accused in the job scam.

During interrogation, Peter had revealed Rao’s name before the Crime Branch officials. Rao used to be seen in various programmes of  the Gopalpur MLA.

The CB, which is probing the illegal financial transition between Pathaks and the expelled BJD leader, had been grilling Rao in connection with the job scam since yesterday.

Meanwhile, the Gopalpur MLA was produced before court as his remand period ended today. Later, he was again sent to Jharpada jail.

The CB had taken him on a two-day remand from December 15. The  officials grilled him about the transaction made in his bank account. The CB officials asked him as to why he sent huge amount of money to Akash Pathak’s account and source of the money, sources said.

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