An Odisha cadre Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, who was discovered to have amassed belongings vastly disproportionate to his identified sources of revenue, and his son, had been arrested on Friday.
The officer, Abhay Kant Pathak, who was the State’s Extra Principal Chief Conservator of Forest- Plan, Programme and Afforestation, and his son, Akash Pathak, had been forwarded to the court docket, Superintendent of Police-Vigilance M. Radhakrishna stated right here.
Mr. Radhakrishna stated that about ₹9.35 crore of money had been deposited within the son’s account, however there had been no passable reply as to the supply of the money.
Although the officer stated the allegations had been false, officers of the State Vigilance Directorate officers stated that they had “by no means come throughout the possession of such huge property and lavish way of life by a authorities worker”.
The Directorate deployed 150 officers over the previous three days to research properties owned by Mr. Pathak at a number of areas throughout India. The officer and his relations had been discovered to have employed constitution flights on a number of events.
“Constitution flight payments value practically ₹3 crore, involving journey from and to cities like Pune, Bhubaneswar, Patna, Mumbai, Jamshedpur and Delhi have additionally been ascertained,” stated the Vigilance Directorate. The officer had additionally toured Malaysia, Hong Kong, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates and the Maldives.
Akash Pathak was to marry the daughter of a former minister within the Naveen Patnaik authorities on December 15.
Lodge payments of over ₹90 lakh on the Taj Mahal Palace Lodge in Mumbai, and an advance reserving quantity of ₹20 lakh for the Taj Lake Palace Lodge in Udaipur had additionally been paid by Mr. Pathak’s household.
Money deposits of about ₹9.35 crore have been ascertained Akash Pathak’s financial institution accounts, out of which about ₹8.4 crore was deposited — principally by ATMs — at Bhubaneswar. In the course of the course of the home search and the next enquiry, money of about ₹60 lakh was detected. Expensive family articles and gold ornaments weighing 800 gm had been additionally discovered. The Vigilance Division additionally unearthed paperwork referring to the acquisition of gold ornaments value ₹23 lakh.
The officer’s son was discovered to be renting a farmhouse within the Hill City space of Pune for a hire of ₹5 lakh per 30 days. A number of luxurious automobiles and bikes had been discovered to have been registered within the officer’s son’s title, and the latter was additionally hiring expensive automobiles. Three such automobiles had been discovered to have been employed by him on the time of the search in Pune.