BJD Leader Arrested

The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch today arrested former MLA of Deogarh Sanjeeb Pradhan.

Mr.Pradhan has been arrested for his alleged involvement in financial irregularities in Rengali dam project matter and swindling of land oustees’ compensation money.

It is alleged that Mr.Pradhan swindled the compensation amount of the land oustees utilizing his power as MLA of the ruling party during his tenure from 2009 to 2014.

Before becoming MLA in 2009, Mr.Pradhan was an advocate and fighting the cases of the Rengali dam project land oustees.

But most of the land oustees of the district are illiterate and innocent.

Taking advantage of this, Mr.Pradhan projected showed fake records at the land acquisition (LA) office and bank and usurped the entire compensation amount, said sources.
However, a man from Tarang village of Riamal block of the district came to know that Rs. 27 lakh was paid to him from the land acquisition office.

He said Mr.Pradhan had opened a forged account in his name and taken way the entire compensation amount of Rs 27 lakh.  

Thereafter, he informed the matter to all senior officials of the State government including the Governor of Odisha and also lodged an FIR against the ex-MLA in Deogarh police station.

Later the EOW took over the case and after a thorough investigation found the allegations to be true.

Finally Crime Branch arrested Mr.Pradhan here today.

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