Orissa suspends IAS officer on corruption charges

August 13th, 2008 - 1:07 pm ICT by IANS  


Bhubaneswar, Aug 13 (IANS) The Orissa government has suspended an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer for allegedly having wealth disproportionate to his known sources of income, official sources said Wednesday. Vigilance department officials raided the residence and office premises of Himansu Sekhar Samantray, managing director of the state run Orissa Lift Irrigation Corporation, July 27.

“During investigation we found he possessed cash and properties worth more than Rs.20 million - an amount he could not have earned from his job,” vigilance cell police superintendent Debadutta Patnaik said.

He has been placed under suspension after the vigilance department registered a case against him Tuesday after prima facie evidence showed his involvement in embezzlement of government money, an official of the state general administration department told IANS.

“Samantray, a 1994 batch officer of the Indian Administrative Service, has a house in Bhubaneswar worth over Rs.10 million,” Patnaik said.

“We also discovered that he has two other houses in his home district Mayurbhanj, each worth about RS.2.2 million. He also has other properties, cash and gold ornaments.” He added.

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