Sambalpur: Vigilance sleuths of Sambalpur division on Monday searched the houses of an Excise official on allegation of acquisition and possession of disproportionate assets. The total movable and immovable assets detected so far during house search has been calculated at Rs. 1,17,96,205 cr.
The accused was identified as Debendra Kumar Praharaj, Sub-Inspector at Belpahar Excise Station, Jharsuguda. The Vigilance sleuths searched the house of Lingaraj Acharya, father-in-law of Praharaj, located at Govindatala, Dist-Sambalpur, and his office at Bellpahar in Jharsuguda district.
Besides, the office chamber of Pramila Acharya, E.I. & E.B., O/o Deputy Commissioner of Excise, Northern Division, Sambalpur were simultaneously searched today by Vigilance officials of Sambalpur Division on the strength of Search Warrants issued by the Special Judge, Vigilance, Sambalpur to find out assets disproportionate to the known sources of income.
During the search, the movable and immovable assets found in possession of Praharaj in his name and in the name of his family members traced so far are as follows:-
- Immovable assets like one double storied building and three plots, one in Cuttack and two plots at Sambalpur worth of Rs. 62,46,016.00.
- Movable assets like costly household articles, furniture, electrical/electronic gadgets, gold and silver ornaments, two motorcycles, advance given for the purchase of land, the amount paid to his niece Manisa Praharaj for construction of house, receipt found towards purchase of gold worth Rs.31,38,325.00 deposits in different banks amounting to Rs.23,98,289 and cash of Rs 13,575.00 were seized.