Odisha Vigilance Court Convicts Ex-Executive Engineer, Ex-Asst Engineer, Contractor

**Cuttack:** Special Vigilance Court, Sundargarh on 25.04.2018 convicted Tapan Kumar Garnaik, Ex- Executive Engineer, R.W Division, Sundargarh, Niranjan Jena, Ex-Assistant Engineer, R.D Sub-Division, Banai, and contractor Manoj Kumar Mohapatra for adopting unfair means in the measurement of a newly-constructed road and for showing undue favour to the contractor.

The Special Vigilance Judge sentenced them to undergo Rigorous Imprisonment (RI) for 2 years and to pay a fine of Rs.10,000 on each count for the offence under Sections 13(2)/13(1)(d) Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988/420/468/471/477(A)/120-B IPC, in default of payment of fine, to undergo RI for 3 months for each default.

The substantive sentences are to run concurrently, a press note released by the Odisha Vigilance Directorate said.

The press note informed, “It relates to Sambalpur Vigilance P.S case No.5 dt.25.1.2005 u/s 13(2)/13(1)(d) P.C Act 1988/420/468/471/ 477(A)/120-B IPC registered and charge sheeted against Sri Jena, Ex-AE, Sri Garnaik, Ex-E.E and Sri Mohapatra, Contractor for recording inflated measurement, excess payment of Rs.98,119 by showing undue official favour to the contractor in execution of road work ‘SR to Lathikata Tinujore Road’.”

Ex- DSP, Vigilance Akshya Kumar Sahu and Ex-DSP, Vigilance, Rourkela Unit (at present S.P, Vigilance, Sambalpur Division) Swarup Kumar Parida, investigated the case and Dharmesh Patel, Special P.P, Vigilance, Sundargarh conducted the case on behalf of the prosecution, the Vigilance Directorate press release stated.

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