Prakash Mishra gets Summon from Vigilance to appear on Dec 4

Bhubaneswar, Nov 24: Odisha vigilance has issued a summon to former state DGP Prakash Mishra, who is in the race for CBI Director post, asking him to appear before it on December 4 in connection with a case of Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHWC).

Mishra was summoned to appear before DSP M Radhakrsihna at the vigilance directorate at 11 am on December 4 in Cuttack. The summon has been served to him through Union Home Secretary Anil Goswami.

The senior IPS officer is accused of misusing his position during the period when he was the CMD of Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation.

A case has been registered against him by the Bhubaneswar vigilance division under section 13(2) and 13(1)(d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and section 409 and 120-B of Indian Penal Code alleging that advance payment of Rs 59 crore was given to some steel and cement suppliers in 2009 in violation of existing rules, after the state government put pressure to block his way.

Mishra, who is on Central deputation and currently posted as the special secretary, Internal Security, Government of India, was the CMD of OPHWC between 2006 and 2009, in the rank of additional DGP.

However, he denied the allegations, filing a petition in the High Court where he accused the state government of conspiring to prevent him from becoming the CBI chief.