Odisha anti-corruption sleuths on Wednesday lodged a case against senior Odia IPS officer of Manipur-Tripura cadre Joydeep Nayak and arrested an additional SP and four others over alleged defalcation of Rs 88 lakh in the name of training of SC/ST students.
Nayak, a 1991-batch officer was on deputation to Odisha since 2012 and inspector general of State SC/ST Protection Cell till December last year allegedly misappropriated the money in connivance with additional SP Basanta Pradhan, former stenographer Pracheta Mishra, owner of Cuttack-based Axis Computer Asutosh Mishra, general manager of Axis Computer Chandi Charan Patnaik and Mamata Rout, owner of a printing press. Vigilance DG RP Sharma said a case under sections 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) (c) of Prevention of Corruption Act 1988 and sections 467/468/409/120-B of IPC have been lodged against the accused.
Nayak could not be arrested as he was admitted in Safdarjung hospital in Delhi. Vigilance officials said in October last year Nayak, who was then IG of the Human Right Protection Cell(HRPC) and SC/ST Protection Cell, proposed to SC/ST department for sanctioning funds for promoting computer literacy among SC/ST students of coastal areas. The proposal was approved and on December 9 last year an amount of Rs 88 lakh was credited to the bank account of IG, HRPC. Two days later, the entire amount was transferred to the account of Cuttack-based Axiom Computers. The money was allegedly misappropriated by the accused.
“No tenders were floated to select a training partner. Besides, false and fabricated documents, bills, utilization/completion certificates were also furnished to misappropriate the money,” said a vigilance official.
Though the computer literacy was supposed to be for schools in coastal areas, Nayak showed photographs of some schools in Nabarangpur district in utilisation certificate.
Incidentally, in December 2014 Nayak’s innovation of registering police cases through I-click kiosks in Bhubaneswar exclusively for women came in for praise fom Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the DGP conference at Guwahati.