India News | Gold, silver, Rs 1.14cr Cash found in slum after government engineer arrested

Bhubaneswar, Apr 9 (PTI) Gold, cash and Rs 1.14 crore were recovered from a Bhubaneswar slum on Saturday, following the arrest of a government engineer in a corruption, officials said.

Assistant Engineer Kartikeswar Roul, stationed at the Bhanjanagar Water Resources Department in Ganjam district, was arrested by anti-corruption detectives on Friday, they said.

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A slum in Salia Sahi slum was raided and 1.41 crore in cash, gold weighing 354 grams and 1 kg of silver were recovered, they said.

Roul’s sister-in-law lived in the cabin where he hid the ill-gotten money, they added.

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After recovery, Roul’s wife, Kalpana Pradhan, was also arrested for actively aiding him in corruption, officials said.

So far, Rs 3.41 crore in cash has been found in Roul’s possession which is the highest ever cash recovery in a corruption case in Odisha, Vigilance SP Anupama James said.

Note-counting machines had to be hired to count the money recovered in the case, she said.

Earlier, more than Rs 2 crore in cash and 20 gold biscuits weighing around 580g among other valuables were found in Roul’s house, officials said.

A total of Rs 7.47 crore in assets, disproportionate to his known sources of income, were detected, they said.

In a statement, Vigilance Director YK Jethwa said, “We have enhanced the use of subject matter experts in research teams. We are deploying financial experts to scrutinize financial data.”

The focus on Benami’s assets and deposits has also been increased, he added.

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