A former contractual engineer working with state-owned Odisha Tourism Improvement Company tried to dump an ITDC (India Tourism Improvement Company) owned lodge in Puri for ₹15 crore, posing as its authorised proprietor.
The lodge arrange by Utkal Ashok Lodge Company, a subsidiary of ITDC, on Puri sea seashore in 1988, has been shut since March 2005 over allegations of monetary mismanagement and the federal government’s bid to disinvest from the lodge has been stayed because the matter stays pending with the Supreme Courtroom.
Benefiting from the state of affairs, a former contractual engineer of OTDC, posing as an authorised official of ITDC, executed an settlement with a Puri-based egg wholesaler February final yr to dump the property for ₹15 crore.
Deputy inspector normal of police (DIG) of Financial Offences Wing, JN Pankaj stated an individual named Anikesh Sahu, in connivance with Chandan Akash Mohanty, the previous contractual assistant engineer in OTDC, Bhubaneswar and one other individual duped Puri-based egg wholesaler Tapan Kumar Mohanty of ₹50 lakh.
“In January 2020, Chandan Akash Mohanty impersonating as senior officer of ITDC Ltd and Anikesh Sahu posing as contractor working with completely different initiatives of ITDC met Tapan Kumar Mohanty by means of certainly one of his pal and persuaded him to buy Nilachal Ashok Lodge at Puri for ₹15 crores which included cost of ₹3 crore as bribe. In February 2020, the accused executed an settlement and made the sufferer deposit ₹20 lakhs within the official account of ITDC, maintained at Delhi, but additionally took ₹30 lakhs in money as facilitation price. Nevertheless, when the sufferer didn’t get any communication from ITDC Ltd., he realised that he had been duped. He subsequently suffered a stroke and was paralysed, dropping his speech and reminiscence,” stated the DIG.
After the sufferer’s spouse lodged a criticism with the Financial Offences Wing of Odisha police, Sahu was arrested from Cuttack and charged underneath completely different sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) together with 419, 420, 467, 468 and 471.
Primary accused Chandan Akash Mohanty, was arrested final month in a separate case whereas posing as a self-styled godman. The third accused Bikash Maharana is but to be arrested, police stated. They imagine there is perhaps different victims of the gang.