Deogarh: A former Odisha MLA was arrested on Tuesday on graft charges, police said.
Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the State Crime Branch (CB) today arrested Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan, former MLA of Deogarh from Bhubaneswar.
Pradhan, who was suspended from BJD last year, has been arrested for misappropriating more than Rs 27 lakh meant for meant for compensation to the villagers displaced by the Rengali Multi Purpose Project, sources in the CB said.
A case in this regard was registered with EOW under sections 420, 406, 465, 467, 468, 471, I20-B of IPC on July 30, 2014 on the basis of complaint filed by Rama Chondra Gouda.
As per an EOW release, one Madhusudan Garnayak and his brother Siba Prasad had engaged Pradhan as their advocate to file a case in the Civil Court for fair and reasonable value of their acquired land. However, Pradhan misappropriated a sum of Rs 27, 01, 848 by submitting fake and forged legal heir certificates in the name of Madhusudan and Siba.
Notably, in August 2013, the people of Deogarh held a 12- hour Bandh demanding an inquiry into the case. They had also leveled specific allegations against Pradhan following which the EOW had registered a case against him.
Following this, BJD president Naveen Patnaik had suspended him from the party on December 16, 2016.