Cuttack: Based on reliable information a short while ago, Sunil Kumar Behera, the Commandant of 1st Battalion, Odisha State Armed Police (OSAP) in Dhenkanal was intercepted today at CDA Sector-11 near Madhusudan Setu by a team Odisha Vigilance sleuths while he was coming from the district to his residence in Cuttack City.
The Vigilance team found cash of Rs 1,31,535 (suspected to be ill-gotten money) in his possession. As Commandant Behera could not account for satisfactorily, the entire amount was recovered from him and later seized. Following this, Rs 8.70 lakh was also recovered during a search carried out at his residential house in Cuttack. Total cash recovered so far comes to Rs 10, 01,535, a source stated.
Following the interception, simultaneous searches are underway at five locations associated with Behera from a disproportionate assets (DA) angle. He is being examined to ascertain the source of the seized cash.
A detailed probe into the DA charge is in progress, a senior official of the Vigilance team said.