Kanpur: After a hiatus of 66 days, Arun Mishra, Chief Engineer of Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Corporation (UPSIDC) alleged in scam worth over Rs 500 crore and disproportionate assets case, joined back his duty in Lucknow on Thursday late evening.

In the wake of Mishra’s mysterious absence, the Enforcement Directorate has declared him absconding.

Mishra, who is accused of Rs 500 crore scam at UPSIDC, is also facing the charges of amassing more property than his actual income. On February 24, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) team had raided his official and personal residences at Lucknow and Kanpur. Soon after the raid, Mishra went missing and informed UPSIDC officials that he was suffering from poor health, therefore was unable to come to the office.

In response, UPSIDC authorities told him to appear before the Medical Board. Thereafter, the UPSIDC authorities started preparing the grounds to suspend the Chief Engineer.

With not many options left, Mishra joined his duty on Thursday in the presence of a senior departmental official. During the past two months, in the search of absconding Mishra, CBI teams have raided his various locations at Ghatampur, Kanpur, Dehradun and Lucknow.

During the investigation, the investigating agencies recovered cash in huge amount. In addition, the investigating agencies traced properties of Mishra which are worth over Rs 100 crore.

The re-joining of Mishra at UPSIDC office has raised some serious questions. Neither the CBI nor the Enforcement Directorate who had been searching for Mishra for past two months, were not informed about his re-joining the office. Interestingly, even though the head-office of UPSIDC is at Kanpur, Mishra re-joined his duties from the Lucknow office.

Managing Director, UPSIDC, Navneet Sehgal said, “Mishra had submitted his joining letter on April 21. With no working days on Saturday and Sunday, we will initiate the required action against him if he does not turn up on Monday.”

He added, “Enforcement Directorate and CBI had sent a letter to UPSIDC, saying that Mishra should be asked to appear before them.”

(JPN/Bureau)