Vigilance Raids Reveal Properties Worth Over Rs 2.76 Crore Of Assistant Engineer In Odisha’s Ganjam

Bhubaneswar: The Vigilance officials on Wednesday recovered properties worth over Rs 2.76 crore during raids on Kartikeswar Roul, Assistant Engineer of Minor Irrigation Division, Bhanjanagar in Ganjam district, on charges of accumulating assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Following allegation of possession of assets disproportionate to the known sources of income, the Vigilance sleuths carried out simultaneous house searches on the properties of Roul at 6 places in Khurda and Ganjam districts. During the searches so far, the following movable and immovable assets worth over Rs 2.76 crore have been found in the name of Roul:

  • Rs 2,50,880 in cahs
  • One double-storey building Jagamara, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar worth over Rs 72 lakh
  • 3BHK Flat at Tusti Residency, Dumduma, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar worth over Rs 40 lakh
  • 2BHK Flat at Cosmopolis Residency, Dumduma, Khandagiri, Bhubaneswar worth over Rs 33.63 lakh
  • Double-storey building at native village Langaleswar under Khallikote police station in Ganjam district worth over Rs 28 lakhs
  • Fixed deposits, bank and insurance deposits worth approximately Rs 37.23 lakh
  • 7 plots including 2 plots in prime area of Bhubaneswar and 5 plots in and around Khalikote town
  • One four-wheeler worth over Rs 14 lakhs
  • 3 two-wheelers
  • Household articles worth over Rs 17.95 lakh
  • Gold and silver ornaments worth Rs 5.72 lakh

Further searches and investigation are going on, according to a Vigilance department release.

In another disproportionate assets case, the Vigilance has brought Ashish Kumar Dash, Superintending Engineer, RW Division, No-I, Malkangiri, who was arrested on March 29, on 4-day remand for further interrogation.

During interrogation, details about large number of benami investments made by Dash have been ascertained. He has confessed to have opened benami accounts in the name of his relations, servants, care-taker of his farm land and others and deposited large amount of ill-gotten bribe money as cash deposits.

He has also admitted that he was operating 2 bank accounts in the name of his deceased mother-in-law who had expired in October, 2010. The Vigilance has collected evidence that reveals that from 11.07.2020 to 25.03.2022, he had deposited Rs 64 lakh on 16 occasions in the Axis Bank account, Malkangiri Branch held in name of his deceased mother-in-law.

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