Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Feb 26:
A local court in Odisha’s Cuttack today allowed the Vigilance to take the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) arrested yesterday on a three-day remand.
A day after his arrest in disproportionate assets (DA) case, Vigilance officials produced the Athagarh DFO Sudhansu Mishra before the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court here and prayed for five days remand. However, the court allowed three days remand of the accused for further interrogation.
The sleuths sought remand of the tainted forest official to interrogate him on the source of his wealth which was detected to the tune of nearly Rs 6 crore during raids at ten locations across the state on Thursday.
“A special investigating team has been constituted to interrogate the arrested DFO to unearth the source of his wealth,” Vigilance Director RP Sharma said.
On the other hand, departmental proceedings have begun for suspension of Mishra, official sources said.
“Steps to suspend Athgarh DFO Sudhansu Mishra arrested on graft charges have been initiated,” Forest and Environment Department Secretary Suresh Mohapatra said.
It may be recalled that properties, both immovable and movable assets, worth Rs 5,92,93,178 was detected during simultaneous raids by the anti-corruption wing officials.
Rs 93.61 lakh cash, fixed deposits of Rs 2,61,97,151, savings bank deposits in various banks and post offices worth Rs 93,23,762, insurance premium deposits worth Rs 19,13,338, gold jewellery and gold coins weighing 551.39 gm worth Rs 8,26,500, 472.78 gram silver ornaments worth around Rs 15,000 were detected during the raids. Besides, movable properties worth Rs 4,80,42,531 and immovable properties worth Rs 1,12,50,647 were also found.
Mishra joined Odisha Forest Service in 1987 as a Class-II officer as Assistant Conservator of Forest (ACF). Later, he was promoted to Class-I rank in May, 2007 and posted at different places as the DFO. He was posted as DFO in Angul and Berhampur before he was given posting at Athagarh four months ago.