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Mishra lashes out at Odisha govt; says move aimed at preventing him from becoming CBI chief

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 25:

Former Odisha Director General of Police (DGP) Prakash Mishra, normally not the kind to make public statements that have even a whiff of controversy, today lashed out at the the state government for its move to register a vigilance case against him describing the move as a ‘conspiracy’ to prevent him from becoming the CBI Director.

Prakash Mishra
Prakash Mishra

“It is an act of vendetta designed to scuttle my chances of becoming the CBI chief,” Mishra told leading Odia television channel OTV in a telephonic interview from New Delhi.

“I had never imagined that they would stoop so low to prevent an Odia officer from becoming the CBI chief,” he said.

Launching a scathing attack on the Odisha government, Mishra asked how it decided to appoint him DGP in 2012 if he was under the vigilance scanner for his stint as the head of the Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHWC) in 2006-2009.

“There is no mention of me anywhere in the audit report on the basis of which the case against me has been apparently registered,” he pointed out.

“If it was an open inquiry, why was I not given an opportunity to present my case?” he asked.

He also questioned why the audit was done only for the period when he was CMD of (OPHWC) and not for the period of his predecessor or successor.

Mishra, who is currently special secretary, internal security in the Union Home department, said the people of Odisha know his image was.

“They also know the image of the people holding important positions in the government,” he said in an oblique reference to the ruling dispensation.