Deogarh: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) today arrested former BJD MLA of Deogarh, Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan on charges of misappropriation of money meant for compensation to the land oustees of the Rengali Dam Project.
According to sources, crores of rupees were sanctioned for the villagers who lost their homes and land due to the Rengali project.
However, Pradhan misappropriated a sum of Rs 27, 01, 848 by submitting fake and forged legal heir certificates in the name of Madhusudan and Siba.
As per an EOW release, one Madhusudan Garnayak and his brother Siba Prasad had engaged Pradhan as their advocate to file a case in the Civil Court for the fair and reasonable value of their acquired land.
In August 2013, the people of Deogarh held a 12- hour Bandh demanding an inquiry into the case. They had also levelled specific allegations against Pradhan following which the EOW had registered a case against him and started probe.
Notably, BJD president Naveen Patnaik had suspended him from the party on December 16, 2016.