Vigilance detectives carried out simultaneous raids at eight locations, including the home of Umesh Sasini, deputy engineer of the Keonjhar Baitarini canal division, accused of amassing properties disproportionate to his known source of income on Tuesday .
According to sources, several teams from the anti-corruption branch are carrying out searches in Sasini’s assets in Bhadrak, Baripada, Bhubaneswar, Balasore and Keonjhar.
The raids are carried out in Sasini’s houses in Apartibandha in Bhadrak, a flat in Chandrasekharpur in Bhubaneswar, the parental house and plots in Keonjhar, another plot in Bhubaneswar, the house of the in-laws in Jajpur Matha Sahi and its quarters officials in Keonjhar, sources in Vigilance informed.
While the exact details of the total value of the assets uncovered during the searches have yet to be determined, investigative teams have reportedly already got their hands on many crucial documents related to Sasini’s property.
In particular, the The Odisha government imposed mandatory retirement on six other officials accused of corruption and inefficiency on March 16. Among these, three executive engineers Saroj Kumar Das, Dayanidhi Samal and Karunakar Ghadei, Rantakar Mallick (IIC, Angul), Ratnakar Sethy (Additional Supply Inspector, Nuapada), Charulata Mallick (Former Development Authority, Angul).
The state government has so far given mandatory retirement to as many as 158 officials accused of corruption and inefficiency over the past year and a half