Bhubaneswar: Believe it or not, it is true. A class-IV employee of the Odisha state government is under the scanner of the vigilance for allegedly amassing huge property disproportionate to his known sources of income.

A day after Team Anna disbanded itself and decided not to have any more talks with the government on Lokpal issue, this case could be an eye-opener who is allegedly involved in corruption cases.

Acting on a tip-off, the vigilance sleuths have zeroed in on a Khalasi (Helper), working in the Odisha state government’s Public Health Engineering department, and had found that he was allegedly involved in corruption and illegally amassed assets to the tune of Rs 1.16 crore.

Adding to the surprise to the officials of the Vigilance department, the fact came to the fore that he has merely a monthly income of about Rs 10,000. The officials, however, have not revealed the identity of the accused.

The illegal assets acquired by the man, who stays in a small asbestos-roofed house inside the premises of a pump house in Unit-II locality of the state capital, Bhubaneswar, were unearthed during raids by the sleuths of the vigilance.

The officials further revealed that the Khalasi illegally owned at least two houses including a two-storey building in Bhubaneswar. The cost of this particular building alone was estimated at around Rs 50 lakh.

The raids also showed that the employee owned at least four plots of land in different places in the state. He also owns a house at village Ekchalia of Puri district besides his ancestral house in Nayagarh district.

During the raid, the vigilance sleuths also found in his possession movable assets including a motor cycle with a total worth of Rs 2.30 lakh. Gold ornaments weighing 551 grams and silver ornaments weighing 738 grams worth Rs 5.54 lakh were also traced.

Deposits in different banks, post offices and insurance companies to the tune of?27.80 lakh were detected besides cash of Rs 60,134. Further investigation was on, the official further said.


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