Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Nov 15:
The Odisha High Court has directed the Crime Branch police to submit the case diary on the fraudulent appointment of revenue inspectors (RIs) and amins in Bolangir district.
The directive of the court came after hearing of the bail plea of former Bolangir collector Debaraj Mishra by a single judge bench of Justice Satrughana Pujahari on Friday.
Moving the bail petition on behalf of Mishra, his lawyer argeud that his client should be granted bail since the Crime Branch had taken him on a seven-day remand which ended on Friday.
It may be mentioned that the State Vigilance police had arrested Mishra from Bhubaneswar on November 7 on the charge of gross irregularities in the appointment of 120 RIs and amins during his tenure as Bolangir collector in 2012-13.
Following allegations of gross irregularities, the state government had directed the Vigilance department to probe the matter. The state government later placed Mishra under suspension after finding prima facie evidence against him.
Later, the case was handed over to the Crime Branch, which, in the course of its investigation, had found merit in the allegations and later booked Mishra and 16 others in the case.
Mishra is currently lodged in the Bolangir District Jail.