Crime

ORHDC scam: IAS officer Vinod Kumar gets 3-yr jail term

Bhubaneswar: A Special Vigilance Court on Monday convicted senior IAS officer and former director of Odisha Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC), Vinod Kumar and sentenced him three years imprisonment in connection with ORHDC scam to the tune of Rs 1.02 crore.According to sources, Kumar along with six others have been charged of defrauding from ORHDC on the pretext of providing flats to 27 persons. However, the then accounts officer Chitta Mallick has been acquitted by the court.Kumar the then Managing Director of ORHDC during 2001, Biswal Constructions director Bijay Biswal and five other officials of the corporation have been accused of furnishing fake certificates and abuse of power and will face the trial.
Recently, Kumar along with the then executive director (technical) of OHRDC Purna Chandra Das, assistant manager Sanjay Mohanty, accounts officer Pradip Rout, accountant Chitta Mallick and secretary of Gramya Bikash Manch, Asish Das were convicted by the court under Sections 13 (2), 13(1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and Sections 420 and 120 of the IPC in connection with financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 55 lakh in the corporation in 2000. They were each awarded 3-year jail term.As many as 22 financial irregularities and disproportionate asset cases are pending against the senior IAS officer. 

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