Vigilance Raid On RWSS Engineer: Rs 1.2 Cr Bank Deposits, Plots & Shops In Bhubaneswar Unearthed
Bhubaneswar: Odisha vigilance sleuths have recovered ‘ill-gotten’ assets worth crores of rupees during raids on properties of RWSS assistant executive engineer of Udala in Odisha’s Mayurbhanj district, Rabinarayan Panda.
On Tuesday, another Rs 2 lakh was recovered during searches at his official residence at Udala, taking the total to Rs 28.9 lakh.
According to official sources, huge movable and immovable assets have been unearthed in the names of Panda and his family members.
- One triple-storey building
- 2-BHK Flat No 401 on 4th floor D-Block of Tower Blue Hill apartment at Patrapada in Bhubaneswar
- 12 plots including five plots in the prime area of Bhubaneswar, two plots in Cuttack, and five plots in Kendrapada. Vigilance technical wing to carry out detailed measurements and valuations.
- Bank and insurance deposits worth over Rs 1.2 crore
- Over Rs 26 lakh in cash recovered from the living room of Soumit Panda (son of Rabi Narayan Panda) and his wife
Sagarika Swain (in their presence) in the house of her father located at Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar where they were frequently residing. And another 2 lakh from his official residence at Udala.
- Gold of approximately 1 kg worth Rs 50 lakh
- 4 four-wheelers (TATA Hexa, TATA Yodha, Mahindra Thar & Maruti Suzuki Ritz) worth over Rs 45 lakh
- 3 two-wheelers worth Rs 2.67 lakh
- 2 shops in the name of his wife Nalini Panda at Khandagiri Market complex, Bhubaneswar
It is pertinent to mention here that Rabinarayan Panda is being questioned to ascertain the source of the assets.
The overall evaluation is also likely to increase as Vigilance sleuths are expected to open a bank locker on Tuesday. Though the vigilance officers found at least a dozen costly wristwatches with Panda’s son, those have not been seized yet.
Meanwhile, Gopinath Swain, Soumit’s father-in-law, told the media that the cash seized from his house belong to a friend, who had kept it with him to purchase land. “We have documents to substantiate our claim,” he said.
Notably, the raids were conducted at eight places in Bhubaneswar, Kendrapada, and Udala, Mayurbhanj on Monday.
A few days ago, an additional chief engineer of the RWSS was arrested by the vigilance for amassing huge disproportionate assets