Former govt official held for corruption

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  • Published 10.10.12

Guwahati, Oct. 9: Sleuths of the vigilance and anti-corruption branch of Assam police today arrested a retired state government official on corruption charges.

A team of vigilance and anti-corruption officials picked up Dibyajyoti Dutta from his rented house in the Wireless area near Beltola around 11.30am.

Superintendent of police (vigilance and anti-corruption) Rounak Ali Hazarika said Dutta was arrested from house number 30-A on Naamghar Path today in connection with a case (number 3/2011) registered against him at the vigilance and anti-corruption police station last year under Section 13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act and Section 420 (cheating) and other sections of the IPC.

The vigilance and anti-corruption branch registered the case against the accused in the early part of last year after obtaining necessary clearance from the state government, for allegedly misappropriating government funds to the tune of crores of rupees during his service tenure.

Dutta, in his early sixties, retired from service around three years back.

The accused was produced in the court of special judge, Assam, Mazed Ali this afternoon and remanded in judicial custody.

Hazarika said they had not sought the custody of Dutta as they already had sufficient “conclusive proof” of his involvement in siphoning off government funds running into crores of rupees.

The SP said Dutta had allegedly misappropriated the money during the last five years of his service when he was posted as deputy director of Assam Information Centre in New Delhi.

“During that period he was also holding dual charge of the state Tourist Information Centre in the national capital,” he said.

There have been allegations that Dutta has fudged the annual budgets of the two information centres approved by the state government and withdrawn money exceeding the budget amount.

“For example, if the approved budget was Rs 5 lakh, he fraudulently made it Rs 50 lakh,” Hazarika said.

He added after the case was registered against Dutta and they started an investigation, Dutta went into hiding. “We carried out raids but he managed to elude arrest. Our team had even gone to Delhi last year to search for him but could not trace him,” he said.

“A few months back we tracked him down,” and after keeping a close watch on him for some days we arrested him from his rented house today,” Hazarika said. However, no cash was recovered during the search of his house today.