Malkangiri: Following a viral video making rounds here in the district, a senior clerk of Kalimela tahsil has earned a dubious distinction for allegedly taking bribe from a client.
As per the video and allegations, the senior clerk, identified as Shashi Sekhar Sethi, is allegedly receiving Rs 50,000 from a person from Bhejengbada area and urging for paying off the balance amount soon. The illegal transaction is allegedly meant for uploading the pattas (land records of right) of six tenants onto the government’s web portal.
The senior clerk is being heard saying the person that the money will be spent on purchasing some necessary official assets.
While the deal is being done in a dark background, the bribe-giver is being heard saying that he would be able to give the demanded Rs 1.5 lakh bribe in three installments while the senior clerk is heard saying for quick payment.
Locals allege that the Tahsil staffs are habitually fleecing money from the rich people here even though the State Government has directed to issue pattas to the bona fide poor tribals in a bid to rehabilitate them as per the Odisha Prevention of Land Encroachment (OPLE) Act, 1972 & Rules 1973.
Earlier, the Collector had probed into such allegations and has already suspended Revenue Inspector Suresh Pujari and a Tahsil clerk Dibyasingh Paikray.
Following the viral video, the locals have demanded now for a fair probe into the incident and stringent action against the senior clerk.