Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Aug 30:
The Odisha Vigilance has directed the Public Health Engineering Organisation (PHEO) of the state government to withhold all payments due to contractor Srabani Kar, wife of Himanshu Kar alias Happy Kar, an aide of Dr. Motilal Gouda, who has been arrested in connection with the publication of a fake gazette notification.
The Vigilance through a letter issued by it yesterday has directed the Engineer-in-Chief of PHEO to stop payment of all pending bills of works executed by contractor Srabani Kar. Executive Engineers of PHEO have been directed to seek clearance from the Vigilance before making any payment to Srabani.
Notably, the Crime Branch is probing how Srabani had managed to get contracts worth crores of rupees of the PHEO despite having a ‘C class’ contractor license.
Srabani had allegedly managed to obtain a differently-abled certificate from the government because of her husband’s links with Gouda who had close links with BJD leaders.