Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Aug 11:
Two days after the Orissa High Court granted conditional bail to Tripura cadre IPS officer Joydeep Nayak, the beleaguered cop today walked out of Choudwar Circle Jail in Odisha’s Cuttack.
The suspended cop was released from the prison after fulfilling the formalities.
The High Court, while handing out the verdict on the bail plea, had asked him to furnish two sureties worth Rs one lakh, property bond of Rs 50 lakh and submit his passport before the investigating officer (IO) in the case, to secure his release.
It may be mentioned here that the senior police officer was the sixth person to be arrested for their alleged involvement in siphoning off Rs 88 lakh meant for the computer education of SC/ST students and self-help groups (SHGs). He was arrested from Ghaziabad in the third week of July. Earlier, Nayak was suspended from service for his alleged involvement in the scam.
The officer, said to be the prime accused in the case, was on deputation to Odisha till December 2015.
During his tenure as the IG of SC & ST Protection Cell, HRPC, the scam allegedly took place in connivance with the staff of the department and private players.
According to reports, Nayak had undergone a ligament surgery on his leg at the Safdarjung Hospital in New Delhi and was discharged from the hospital on June 22. Since then, he was on the run and had remained incommunicado.