The Orissa High Court on Wednesday asked the state vigilance department to submit the audit reports and resolutions of the board of directors of Orissa Police Housing and Welfare Corporation from when 1977-batch IPS officer Prakash Mishra was its CMD.
On September 20, the Bhubaneswar vigilance department had registered a case against Mishra, a former DGP and current special secretary in the Home Ministry, under provisions of the Prevention of Corruption Act and the IPC, alleging that during his tenure as CMD of Orissa Police Housing and Welfare Corporation, an advance payment of Rs 59 crore was given some steel and cement suppliers in 2009 against existing rules.
Mishra was chairman and managing director of the housing board between 2006 and 2009 in the rank of additional DGP. Mishra, a frontrunner for the post of CBI director, had filed a writ petition last month in the HC seeking quashing of the vigilance FIR against him.
The court posted the next hearing in the case for December 9 and asked the vigilance department to furnish all these documents on that date. The HC said its order of October 12 restraining the state government and the vigilance department from taking any coercive action against the former DGP would prevail till further orders.
Last month, the court had in its interim order said that the vigilance case lodged by the Orissa government would not be a hindrance to the IPS officer’s promotion or future posting.