Bhubaneswar: Former IFS officer Abhay Pathak has been granted bail by the Orissa High Court on Thursday in the Baidyanathpur Police Station case.
The Orissa HC granted bail to the former officer against cash bond of Rs 2 lakh and two sureties, informed his lawyer Pitambar Acharya. The senior Pathak can now walk free as he has been granted bails in all the cases registered against him.
Abhay Kant Pathak, a 1987-batch Indian Forest Service officer, working as Odisha’s Additional Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, was arrested on November 27 last year after vigilance officials raided his official residence in Bhubaneswar, his office, his apartment and a clutch of other locations. The agency which had accused Pathak of amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 9.35 crore ( 435 % of his total income), had claimed that it was the biggest case of disproportionate assets in its history.
His son Akash Pathak who had vehicles like Mercedes, BMW and Tata Harrier as well as high-end motorcycles registered in his name, was also arrested. Akash has been accused of conspiring with expelled BJD leader and Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahy and cheating several job seekers of crores of rupees on the pretext of giving jobs at Tata Motors.
On June 12, Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi, walked out of Jharpada jail after been granted conditional bail by Orissa High Court in connection with the Tata Motors job fraud case registered at Golanthara police station in the Ganjam district.