Crime

SCB Prof's bank locker contains gold ornaments worth Rs 12 lakh

Bhubaneswar: Vigilance officers continued raids on different places where SCB Medical College Clinical Haematology HOD Dr Rabindra Kumar Jena has amassed wealth and on Thursday found that a locker maintained at the UCO Bank Bajrakabati Road Branch in the joint name of Jena and his wife contained 400 gram gold ornaments worth Rs 12 lakh.

Similarly, the anti-corruption wing sleuths found from the records seized from the SCB Medical College Principal's office that Jena had undertaken foreign tours to various countries of Europe, USA and South-East Asia between 2005 and 2015 at his own expenses. He had visited Berlin (Germany), Nicosia (Cyprus), Amsterdam (Netherlands), Atlanta GA (twice), San-Francisco, New-Orleans, Las-Vegas, Florida (twice), San - Diego CA and Minnesota Minneapolis (All seven places in USA), Singapore and Hong-Kong.

Jena had also applied for permission to visit Madrid (Spain), San-Diego (USA), Copen Hagen (Denmark), Manila (Philippines) , Vienna (Austria), San-Francisco (USA) and Zurich (Switzerland), but permission was not given by the Government to him for such visits.

An official release said Vigilance officials are now verifying to know if Jena had actually undertaken such visits even as he was no given permission.

The Passport and Immigration Authorities are being contacted to find out the details of foreign tours undertaken by Jena. It is also being investigated to know whether Jena had availed the hospitality of any pharma companies for the above journeys and during foreign visits is under scrutiny.

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