Bhubaneswar: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday recommended the Central government for compulsory retirement of IFS officer Abhay Kant Pathak.
In a letter to the Centre, the Odisha CM strongly condemned corruption by the IFS officer at high places and recommended it for compulsory retirement of the corrupt officer.
This is for the first time that the Odisha Government has recommended the compulsory retirement of an All India Services Officer on grounds of corruption.
Abhay Kant Pathak and his son Akash were arrested by the Vigilance sleuths in connection with the DA case. Later, the state government had suspended Abhay Kant from service.
Accordingly, a case under several sections of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, has been registered against Pathak and his son.
The 1987 batch IFS officer was found in possession of disproportionate assets to the tune of Rs 9.35 crore beyond his known sources of income. This amount was about 435% of the total income from all his known sources, an official statement said.