The Naveen Patnaik government on Wednesday handed over the case of missing Indian Bureau of Mines officer Ibrahim Sharif to the CBI.
State Home Secretary Vipin Saxena told The Indian Express that the case of the officer who has been missing for four months has been handed over to the CBI. Earlier, the Bhubaneswar commissionerate police had been assigned the case. Sharif’s wife Salma Parveen Begum had raised the matter in Delhi this month and demanded a CBI probe.
IBM officials had also sought a CBI probe.
The 34-year-old officer from Bellary in Karnataka, had been posted as assistant controller of mines in Bhubhaneswar for the past two years. In November last year, he went missing after leaving home for work. No ransom call was received. Married for the seven years, Sharif had moved to Orissa after getting a job with IBM. His wife alleged that his disappearance was related to his deposition before Justice MB Shah Commission which investigated the Rs 60,000 crore mining scam in Orissa.
Sharif’s mobile phone has been switched off since December 4. The password of his Facebook account was also changed on Dec 14 from a cybercafe in Joshimath.