Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 18:

A local court here today rejected the bail plea of arrested IAS officer Dr Partha Sarathi Mishra who is under judicial custody on graft charges.

The vigilance department has also appealed in the Special Court (Vigilance) to take the 2006-cadre IAS officer on a five day remand, who was serving as Managing Director of Odisha Small Industries Corporation Ltd. Mishra was apprehended by Vigilance sleuths near his office while carrying huge amount of cash in his car on Thursday.

“We had received several corruption allegations against Dr Partha Sarathi Mishra in last six months including taking bribe from contractors and we were verifying the allegations secretly,” said Swarup Parida, SP (Vigilance).

“His advocate had filed bail application yesterday and the Vigilance submitted the case diary today. After hearing both sides, the court found that there is a prima facie case against the accused Dr Partha Sarathi Mishra and rejected his bail plea,” said Ajay Kumar Patnaik, Public Prosecutor (Vigilance).

It may be mentioned here that the sleuths of the anti-corruption wing had conducted simultaneous searches at the residence and official quarters of Mishra after seizure of huge amount of cash from his car.

Three massive buildings – one each at Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack whose value runs into over Rs 2.5 crore have been identified till now. Verification of immovable properties, bank accounts was under process. Preliminary invevestigation revealed that the bureaucrat amassed assets worth over Rs 5 crore.

Besides, travel documents were found from the possession of the bureaucrat which showed that Mishra travelled frequently to USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands and other countries.

Imported perfumes, high-value wrist watches, costly apparels, among other things have also been traced from his houses which indicate the luxurious life he was leading.