15 February 2020
Koraput: A doctor and a Sub-Inspector (SI) were arrested when they were found to be asking for and accepting bribes after complaints were lodged against them under the State Government’s Mo Sarkar programme.
Dr Manoj Kumar Jena was found to be asking for a bribe of Rs 3000 and accepting Rs 2500 for conducting a post-mortem of the deceased. Similarly, complaint against Ambaguda OutPost SI Narayan Patnaik for accepting bribe was found to be true. SI had reportedly demanded Rs 10,000 and accepted Rs 6000.
The revelation was made by a Koraput Superintendent of Police’s office. Both the accused were arrested under IPC Section 7 (A) Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act- 2018 and have been forwarded to court.
As per sources one Devendra Tanti was killed in a motorcycle and car accident on December 24. Patnaik had demanded the bribe from Tanti’s family for clearing Tanti’s name in the case. While the deceased’s family had paid the bribe, they had also lodged a complaint in Mo Sarkar.
Subsequently, Koraput SP Mukesh Kumar Bhamoo was directed to look into the case. While Patnaik’s dereliction of duty was proven, without doubt, further investigation revealed that Dr Jena had also demanded bribe for conducting post-mortem.
The people-friendly Mo Sarkar programme, which was launched on 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi has aimed at bringing Government closer to common people. Any individual can directly lodge a complaint against an erring official and expect the strictest action against them when found guilty.