Vigilance digs out amin crores

Vigilance sleuths on Monday raided four places in the city and Puri to unearth disproportionate assets of Fakir Mohan Jena, the amin of Balianta tehsil.

By OUR CORRESPONDENT in Bhubaneshwar
  • Published 17.10.17
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Bhubaneswar: Vigilance sleuths on Monday raided four places in the city and Puri to unearth disproportionate assets of Fakir Mohan Jena, the amin of Balianta tehsil.

The vigilance has so far found movable and immovable properties worth Rs 1.12 crore of the Class-III employee and his family members.

Raids were conducted on his office at Balianta and residences in Bhubaneswar and Puri. A raid was also conducted on the house of one of his acquaintances.

The vigilance officials have found Rs 1.93 lakh in cash. The agency has also found Rs 3.5 lakh in various bank accounts of the employee. They have found a double-storey building at Brahmeswarpatna that costs Rs 48.50 lakh and another building in Puri with a market value of Rs 9.43 lakh.

As many as 17 plots worth Rs 27.37 lakh have also been traced.

"Jena had started service in 1987 at the Puri settlement office as a copy writer and later joined as an amin at the Balianta tehsil office. He was made permanent in 2015. Monday's raids were conducted on the basis of a court warrant. So far, we have traced his properties at Balianta, in Bhubaneswar and Puri, including a 4,000sqft duplex in Bhubaneswar. He used to lead a luxurious life. We have also seized a Hyundai Verna worth Rs 6.5 lakh from his possession. We suspect that he acquired this much assets from money he had made through bribes," said a vigilance official.

Apart from this, gold ornaments weighing 193 grams worth Rs 2.76 lakh, two motorcycles and two Scooty mopeds were also traced.

"We are interrogating him further to find out his actual income and how he managed to accumulate this much assets," said a vigilance official.

The involvement of Class-III and lower ranked employees in corruption cases is on the rise.

Statistics reveal that while 443 officials ranked Class-III and below had been booked in 2013, the number climbed to 833 in 2016.