Bhubaneswar: Property worth Rs 2.35 crores of Anil Kumar Pandi, a habitual drug trafficker with interstate and inter-district links, has been seized following an order by a Competent Authority under the NDPS Act.
The Kolkata-based Competent Authority, a quasi-judicial authority under NDPS Act, passed the order for forfeiture of ill-gotten property – illegally acquired property from Narcotics business – in the last six years, of Anil.
Reportedly, on 13.08.2021, the Special Task Force (STF) of Odisha Crime Branch had seized contraband Ganja around 10 Quintals, one TATA Truck, and other incriminating materials from the possession of Anil who is a native of Chhachina village under Kodala police limits in Ganjam district.
The financial investigation was conducted in which illegally properties worth Rs 2.35 Crores acquired by Anil out of illegal contraband Ganja business have been identified and seized.
A detailed proposal for confirmation of seizure/forfeiture of the properties earned out
of illegal drugs business was sent to the office of Competent Authority and Administrator of NDPS Act, Kolkata, as per provision of Sec. 68(F) NDPS Act, 1985, which has been confirmed after the due legal procedure.
Seized properties include one palatial three-storied building having luxurious facilities including a swimming pool and 33 plots and Bank deposits etc. All these properties were purchased from ill-gotten money from drug trafficking within the last six years.
Properties were purchased in his own name as well as in the name of his brother Sunil Kumar Pandi and others.
It is worthwhile to mention that Anil is one of the most wanted drug traffickers having been involved in 11 NDPS cases in Gujarat. Earlier his brother Sunil was arrested by Gujarat Police and is now in Gujarat jail.
Anil is absconding, evading police arrest. Court has issued a Non Bailable Warrant against him. STF has already declared a reward on 2.12.2021, as the accused has been absconding since long.