The CBI has arrested Durjodhan Mishra alias Durgesh Maharaj, the trustee of an ashram in Badrinath, who was an absconding accused in an alleged cheating and forgery case relating to issuance of 263 forged Kisan Vikas Patra (KVP) certificates worth Rs 2.63 crore. Mishra was produced before a designated court in Kolkata on Monday and was remanded in judicial custody till July 20.
A CBI source said Mishra was among the trustees of an ashram and had large number of followers or disciples. “He communicated with them in Hindi, Bengali, Maithili and Bhojpuri,” he added.
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The agency had registered a case on December 2, 2004 based on a complaint from Postal Department, West Bengal circle, Kolkata regarding purported issuance of 263 forged KVP certificates by three agents of the state government’s Directorate of Small Savings.
On completion of the investigation, a chargesheet was filed on December 21, 2006 against Mishra, then an agent of the Directorate of Small Savings and Achintya Kumar Roy, who was then Postal Assistant (Incharge) of Govinda Khatik Road sub post office in Kolkata.
While Roy died on January 12, 2013, Mishra was absconding since September 2003, prior to the CBI registering the case, and was shown as an absconder in the chargesheet.
On June 17, 2005, while the investigation was in progress, CBI also declared a reward of
Rs 50,000 for information leading to Mishra’s arrest. On November 22, 2005, he was declared a proclaimed offender by the special CBI court in Kolkata.
While trying to ascertain Mishra’s whereabouts, CBI learned that his family was living in Bikaner and Jodhpur. Enquiries conducted at Jodhpur revealed that his wife was staying there since 2006, but Mishra never visited the Jodhpur residence.
It was learnt that Mishra’s wife received calls every night from two phone numbers that were traced to Badrinath in Uttarakhand.
According to the CBI, these two numbers were registered in the names of two different persons and were reportedly being used by Mishra.