Crime

Vigilance arrests SCB Haematology head Rabindra Jena

Balasore: Vigilance sleuths on Wednesday arrested head of SCB Clinical Hematology Department, Dr Rabindra Kumar Jena, who was absconding on charges of embezzling Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF).

The anti corruption wing nabbed him near Laxmannath check-gate, on charges of amassing properties disproportionate to his known sources of income, while he was returning from West Bengal. He will be produced in court today, sources said.

A team of anti-corruption bureau conducted a raid late in the night after getting a tip-off on Jena's whereabouts and nabbed him while trying to cross the check-gate which is located on Odisha-West Bengal border boarding a car.

Jena, the main accused in Odisha State Treatment Fund (OSTF) scam is accused of generating huge sum of money by availing junkets from pharmaceutical companies along with another Dr Sudha Sethy. He is also accused of showing undue favour to those companies by prescribing costly drugs to patients causing loss to State Government.

The development comes after a week of the arrest of another assistant professor and his colleague Dr Sudha Sethy involved in the same case.

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