Bhubaneswar: Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahy and former Indian Forest Service officer Abhay Kant Pathak have tested positive for COVID -19 in Jharpada jail.
Panigrahy was arrested by Odisha Crime Branch on December 3 on graft charges and has been lodged in Jharpada Special Jail in the capital city. He is accused of cheating aspirants on pretext of providing job in Tata Group.
On the other hand, Pathak and his son Akash were arrested on November 27 by the Vigilance for possessing disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 9.35 crore.
It may be mentioned here that after several jails in Odisha reported COVID cases, the department had issued an SOP for COVID management.