Cuttack, Oct 22:
The Vigilance department today raided the residences of 29 corporators of Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) on charges of looting relief materials meant for the people affected by Cyclone Phailin.
While 29 teams of the department raided the houses of the corporators, one team conducted searches at the CMC office, said departmental sources.
The department earlier on Monday had raided the corporation’s office and interrogated former deputy commissioner CMC Jaganarayan Kujur, who was responsible for distribution of relief materials. It had also seized several documents.
Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had asked the vigilance department to probe the allegations that some BJD leaders in Cuttack had looted relief materials on October 13, a day after the cyclone hit the state.
Patnaik’s order came a day after the Revenue Divisional Commissioner (RDC), Central Arvind Padhee enquired into the allegations made by the Congress’ Cuttack unit.
The state government has already transferred the commissioner of CMC Nihar Ranjan Mohapatra and suspended his deputy Jaganarayan Kujur.
Patnaik, who is President of the ruling BJD also suspended party’s Cuttack unit chief Madhusudan Sahu for his alleged involvement in the looting of relief materials which were finally returned on Saturday after an outcry.