Reported by Ranjan Pradhan
Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Keonjhar, Mar 13:
The Odisha government’s Home department on Thursday suspended Keonjhar district jail superintendent Amiya Patnaik in connection with the frequent stay in hotels of Deepak Gupta, the prime accused in the Rs 1,800 crore Uliburu mining scam during his period of imprisonment as an undertrial.
In another related development, a two-member team of the Vigilance department led by inspector Pradip Pradhan today visited the Keonjhar district jail and the district headquarters hospital here and scrutinized documents and interrogated officials and doctors.
The Vigilance, which holds the district hospital authorities responsible for certifying Gupta’s health conditions, grilled both the CDMO Dr Bikramananda Moharana and ADMO of the hospital in a closed room.
Earlier a team of the Vigilance personnel had visited both the hospital and jail on March 1 after the matter came to light on February 22 in the media.
Keonjhar SP Kavita Jalan had on February 25 suspended four constables and a havildar who were assigned the job of guarding Deepak Gupta.
The department of Prisons on February 26 had sought a detailed report from the superintendent of the Keonjhar district jail as to how Gupta managed to stay on furlough for as long as 103 days out of his total jail custody of 167 days by citing medical reasons