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Special Vigilance Court rejects OSIC MD’s bail plea

 With the Special Vigilance Court rejecting bail application of arrested IAS officer Partha Sarathi Mishra, the Odisha government today placed him under suspension.

"Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik suspended OSIC MD Partha Sarathi Mishra who has been arrested by the vigilance," a communication received from the Chief Minister's Office said.

Earlier on February 16, Mishra was arrested by the anti-corruption vigilance under Prevention of Corruption Act.
The vigilance court rejected the bail plea of Mishra, after the government pleader argued that the arrested IAS officer could tamper evidence against him if released on bail.
"We had received several corruption allegations against Partha Sarathi Mishra in last six months including taking bribe from contractors and we were verifying the allegations secretly," said a senior vigilance officer.
The vigilance had conducted simultaneous raids at the private residence and official quarter of Mishra after seizure of cash about Rs 2 lakh from his car.
Mishra owns three massive buildings – one each at Puri, Bhubaneswar and Cuttack whose value runs into over Rs 2.5 crore. Verification of immovable properties, bank accounts was under process. Preliminary investigation revealed that the bureaucrat amassed assets worth over Rs 5 crore.
The extravagant life lived by Mishra is best personified by seizure of around 42 numbers of foreign branded perfumes of Jaguare, France, Nareiso, USA, Spain, UAE and other foreign countries apart from many locals, 09 pieces of expensive watches of branded companies like Forest Quartz, Boahe-quartz and Jeans forest quartz etc., 52 pieces of jean pants of different costly brands, 73 pieces of high branded shirts of Rebel, Zodiac etc., 32 pieces of costly T. Shirts of Clubfox, Kemmy, Playboy company etc., 32 pieces of costly coats  of branded companies like Van-Hussein, Yanke, Lambord etc. from his possession.  The cost valuation of all such items is under way, the Vigilance SP informed. 
“Further, some travel documents recovered from his possession reflect that Mishra frequently visits abroad and has gone to countries like USA, UK, Canada, Netherlands and others and thus appears to have spent a good amount of money on such trips, the valuation of which is under verification”, the SP pointed out adding that from the investigation so far made, the total cost of various properties is estimated to be more than Rs.5 crores approximately. As investigation is not yet over, more skeletons from Mishra’s cupboard are likely to come tumbling down, said SP Vigilance.
He possesses a high-end City Honda Car, cost of which is more than Rs.11 lakhs.  Besides, he also possesses multiple bank accounts with deposit running into crores, the details of which under verification, the SP said.


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From asking his party men to ‘live a simple life and serve the people’ to taunting the BJP for its ‘crocodile tears’, Chief Minister and BJD supremo Naveen Patnaik has not only become politically invincible, he seems to be so in the coming years too.


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