Vigilance arrests Assistant Executive Engineer over DA case in Ganjam

Bhanjanagar: An Assistant Executive Engineer working in Baghua Irrigation Project under Bhanjanagar Division of Ganjam was arrested today by Odisha Vigilance for amassing assets disproportionate to his legal sources of income. He was later forwarded to Special Vigilance Judge’s court in Berhampur.

The engineer identified as Bishnu Charan Sahu accumulated properties to the tune of 102% including a palatial three-storey building, two plots in prime locations of Berhampur City. Sahu also possessed bank, postal and insurance deposits worth over Rs 85.33 lakh, gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 8.35 lakh and cash of Rs 1.38 lakh, which were unearthed during a raid conducted by Vigilance sleuths.

According to a press release issued by the state anti-corruption agency, as the engineer Sahu could not satisfactorily account for his properties, Berhampur Vigilance PS case (No-21, dated-01.10.2022) was registered against him in this connection U/s 13(2) r/w 13(1)(b) of the PC Amendment Act, 2018.

Acting on allegations of possessing the illegal assets, simultaneous house searches were carried out on September 30 at nine different places in Ganjam district. Nine separate teams of Odisha Vigilance led by an Additional SP and comprising of four DSPs, nine Inspectors and other staff conducted the searches on the strength of Warrants issued by the Hon’ble Court of Special Judge, Vigilance, Berhampur.

During house searches, movable and immovable assets as detailed below were found in the possession of engineer Sahu and his family members, including a three-storey residential building over plot No-4591/10743 with built up area of 7938 sqft, located at Bijaya Vihar, 2nd lane, PS-Berhampur Sadar, Dist-Ganjam worth over Rs 1.38 crore, a two-storey building located at Niladri Vihar, 1st lane, Berhampur, two numbers of plots in prime area of Berhampur, bank, postal and insurance deposits worth over Rs 85.33 lakh, cash of Rs 1,38,000, a four wheeler (Hyundai Creta 1.6 VTVTE+) worth over Rs 9.99 lakh, three two-wheelers worth over Rs 1.61 lakh, gold and silver ornaments worth more than Rs 8.35 lakh and household articles worth over Rs 11.48 lakh, the Vigilance official communiqué mentioned.

A detailed investigation into the DA case is underway, a senior official informed.

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