Odisha public school teacher’s vast assets leave anti-corruption bureau perplexed – Reuters

By Express press service

BERHAMPUR: The assets of a government physical education (PET) teacher – amounting to a staggering Rs 4.67 crore – have left the state’s anti-corruption bureau perplexed. Dardan Sahu, stationed at Sri Dibyasimha Bidyapitha in the village of Jayantipur within the Jarada police boundaries of Ganjam district, joined the service in 1986 but now owns – in addition to all other things – four shops in his name, a gas pump in his son’s name and a market complex, LPG agency and godown registered in his friend’s name.

State Vigilance unearthed Rs 3.84 crore real estate and around Rs 83 lakh movable property belonging to the physical education teacher and his family. A team of four DSPs and 12 inspectors conducted simultaneous searches at 13 locations linked to the PET which faces charges of acquiring and possessing assets disproportionate to known sources of its income, G Pradhan said, SP (Vigilance), Berhampur Division.

The team excavated a three-storey residential building and a two-storey building at Ananta Nagar of Berhampur, two other buildings at Jayantipur village and a two-storey post office in his name located at the same location. A dwelling house of his friend and two premises of his cousins ​​in the village of Jayantipur were also searched. The assets included Rs 3.85 lakh in cash, gold jewelery weighing around 721 g, bank deposits of Rs 3.38 lakh and LIC premium deposits of around Rs 7.88 lakh.

During the search, Vigilance officials also found 200 sachets of jaggery and 500 sugars (50 kg each), leading them to suspect that the materials might be for the manufacture of alcohol. The role of PET in the manufacture and sale of alcohol is being verified, a senior official said. The PET was found to be irregular in the performance of his duties and the details are being verified. Pradhan said research is ongoing to uncover more teacher assets and expenses.

BERHAMPUR: The assets of a government physical education (PET) teacher – amounting to a staggering Rs 4.67 crore – have left the state’s anti-corruption bureau perplexed. Dardan Sahu, stationed at Sri Dibyasimha Bidyapitha in the village of Jayantipur within the Jarada police boundaries of Ganjam district, joined the service in 1986 but now owns – in addition to all other things – four shops in his name, a gas pump in his son’s name and a market complex, LPG agency and godown registered in his friend’s name. State Vigilance unearthed Rs 3.84 crore real estate and around Rs 83 lakh movable property belonging to the physical education teacher and his family. A team of four DSPs and 12 inspectors conducted simultaneous searches at 13 locations linked to the PET which faces charges of acquiring and possessing assets disproportionate to known sources of its income, G Pradhan said, SP (Vigilance), Berhampur Division. The team excavated a three-storey residential building and a two-storey building at Ananta Nagar of Berhampur, two other buildings at Jayantipur village and a two-storey post office in his name located at the same location. A dwelling house of his friend and two premises of his cousins ​​in the village of Jayantipur were also searched. The assets included Rs 3.85 lakh in cash, gold jewelery weighing around 721 g, bank deposits of Rs 3.38 lakh and LIC premium deposits of around Rs 7.88 lakh. During the search, Vigilance officials also found 200 sachets of jaggery and 500 sugars (50 kg each), leading them to suspect that the materials might be for the manufacture of alcohol. The role of PET in the manufacture and sale of alcohol is being verified, a senior official said. The PET was found to be irregular in the performance of his duties and the details are being verified. Pradhan said research is ongoing to uncover more teacher assets and expenses.

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