IAS Officer On Run

Senior bureaucrat Vinod Kumar is on the run after being convicted in the much hyped Odisha Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC) scam.

A five-member team of the Vigilance Cell today raided the official residence of the 1989 batch IAS Officer at VIP Colony in IRC Village here and seized some documents. However, they failed to get trace of Mr.Kumar.

The anti-corruption vigilance sleuths are after Kumar after a Special Vigilance court here issued a NBW against his name. He was among the six persons convicted in the scam. 

The raid was conducted in connection with the complicity of the IAS officer in the financial irregularities during his tenure as Managing Director of Odisha Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC).

Though the vigilance sleuths had gone to Mr.Kumar’s house on Wednesday after they, however, found the house locked.

“This is the third time that the Vigilance has raided the house of Mr.Kumar. We had gone to his residence to arrest him by the order of the court. If we fail to trace him, we will inform the court. The court will then declare him ‘absconder’ after which we will initiate the process of attaching his property,” Vigilance DSP Nirmal Mohanty told reporters.
Mr.Mohanty also informed that along with Mr.Kumar, the houses of the five other employees of ORHDC who were convicted by the court, are also being raided simultaneously.
It may be mentioned here that the Vigilance Directorate had registered a case against Mr.Kumar and five other employees of the ORHDC in 2000 for their involvement in the financial irregularities to the tune of Rs 55 lakh in the construction of cyclone shelters after the Super Cyclone in October 1999.
The court, after hearing the case, had convicted Kumar and the five employees of the Corporation, Sanjay Mohanty, Purna Chandra Das, Pradip Kumar Rout, Chitta Ranjan Mohanty and Ashish Kumar Nayak.
Barring Sanjay Mohanty, the five others including Mr.Kumar, did not appear before the court on Wednesday.

Following the violation of its directive, the court had issued non-bailable arrest warrant against them.

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