Bhubaneswar: While the state Vigilance had sought for three-day remand of arrested Khariar DFO Sarat Chandra Panda in a bid to quiz him and extract vital information on his accumulated assets disproportionate to his known sources of income, the Special Vigilance Court here on Monday has granted two-day remand.
Vigilance Additional SP Judhistir Mallick has informed that a case has been registered against Khariar DFO Sarat Chandra Panda on charges of accumulating assets disproportionate to his known sources of income. But after his arrest, during the interrogation he did not reveal any information stating that his mental condition was not stable. Later, he was forwarded to court.
As such, the the department had appealed the court to grant three-day remand of Panda.
Mallick also informed that he has booked an apartment at Jaydev Bihar Chhak availing loan from HDFC bank. Besides, he has a rice mill in Ganjam district in the name of his wife. He has also a voluntary organisation also in the name of his wife. He said the later information on the details of landed property, plot, bank locker, and bank balance would be ascertained during the remand period.
It may be noted here that the Vigilance sleuths conducted raids on Khariar Divisional Conservator of Forest (DFO) Sarat Chandra Panda’s residence in Bhubaneswar and on his office at Khariar in Nuapada district.
Prior to that, the Income Tax (IT) officials had raided the office and house of the DFO on Wednesday last week on charges of tax evasion and hoarding of cash. They had seized cash worth Rs 6 lakhs.