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HC directs Odisha Vigilance to submit Sworn Affidavit of OPHWC

Cuttack, Dec 10: The Orissa High Court has asked the state vigilance to submit the documents through a sworn affidavit, while refusing to accept the report in a sealed envelope in the case filed against former Odisha DGP Prakash Mishra.

The vigilance department on Tuesday was directed to submit the audit report, the resolution copy along with an affidavit of the Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHWC).

The next hearing in the case was fixed for the first week of January next year.

The vigilance on September 20 had lodged an FIR against Mishra under section 13(2) and 13(1) (d) of Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and section 409 and 120-B of Indian Penal Code for making irregularities of money when he was the CMD of Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHWC). He is accused of causing the loss to the state exchequer by making advance payments Rs 59 crore to some steel and cement suppliers during his tenure in the corporation between 2006 and 2009.

However, Mishra responded to the court by filing a petition in the high court accusing the government, seeking quashing of the FIR against him.

On November 19, the High Court had directed the Vigilance to submit the audit reports and resolution of the board of directors for the entire duration when former DGP Mishra was the chairman cum managing director (CMD) of the (OPHWC).

Mishra, a 1977-batch officer, who is currently the special secretary, Internal Security, to the Union Home Ministry, is now tipped to be the DG of CRPF, the largest paramilitary force of India.

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