#Odisha Govt orders premature retirement of 3 officers for corruption

Bhubaneswar: Odisha Govt orders premature retirement of 3 officers for corruption. The State Government ordered premature retirement of three more officers on similar ground on Thursday in accordance with Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s policy of zero tolerance to corrupt practices.

Sudhanshu Sekhar Mishra, posted as Divisional Forest Officer (DFO), Athagarh in 2016, was given compulsory retirement on charge of corruption. He was found to be allegedly involved in corrupt practices to acquire assets.

The Odisha Forest Service (OFS) officer has been booked by the vigilance police in a disproportionate assets (DA) case for acquiring wealth in his and his family members’ names to the tune of about Rs 5.69 crore.

During a raid at his residence in 2016, vigilance sleuths had seized cash of over Rs 1 crore. Mishra had also deposited Rs 3.46 crore in banks as fixed and savings deposits. He was placed under suspension on February 25, 2016 following his arrest in the DA case. Besides, two engineers were given compulsory retirement. Prana Krushna Prasad, Executive Engineer at Angul Rural Works Quality Control Division, had been caught twice taking bribe, first on July 7, 2015 and then on November 8, 2018.

Umesh Chandra Tripathy, OES, Deputy Executive Engineer at Tusra (R&B) Sub-Division 1 now, is involved in four vigilance cases.

While serving in Koraput, he had shown undue favour to a contractor and misappropriated Government money by recording inflated measurements. Earlier on October 4 this year, the State Government had given compulsory retirement to four officials and dismissed another from service after corruption charges were proved against them following vigilance investigations.

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