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Vig Probe Ordered

Bhubaneswar : The Lokayukta on Friday directed the State Vigilance Directorate to probe into the corruption charges made against arrested Gopalpur Lawmaker Pradeep Kumar Panigrahi.

The Lokayukta has also asked the Vigilance Directorate to conduct a preliminary inquiry against Dr.Panigrahi and submit a report within two months.The Anti-Corruption Ombudsman issued the direction after accepting the recommendation of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik who had referred the case of corruption charges levelled against the lawmaker on December 7.

This is the first such corruption allegation against any politician in Odisha referred by the state government to the Lokayukta after its creation.

Earlier on 3 December, the CID Crime Branch of Odisha Police had arrested Dr.Panigrahi in connection with a case of cheating.