Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 7:
Vigilance Courts will be opened soon in Angul and Dhenkanal announced Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik speaking at the valedictory function of the state level Vigilance Awareness Week here today.
“In order to strengthen the Vigilance department we have established Vigilance Unit offices in every district. As part of our resolve against corruption, the government has established two additional Vigilance Courts at Sundargarh and Cuttack. Two more Vigilance Courts at Dhenkanal and Angul will be established soon. This would help ensure speedy trial of corruption cases,” Patnaik said.
“By the end of September 449 cases were registered and 285 accused persons have been arrested. Among those arrested 29 are Class I and 27 are Class II officers,” informed Vigilance Director Dr. Rajendra Prasad Sharma speaking on the occasion.
“A total of 57 accused persons have been convicted. In the last five years 134 persons have been dismissed from their jobs. Out of them five are Class I officers,” he added.
Among others local MP Prasanna Patsani, Chief Information Commissioner Sunil Kumar Mishra, Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhy and several senior officers were present at the function.
Vigilance Awareness Week was observed in different districts across the state in which people from different sections took pledges to root out corruption.