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ORHDC fraud: Top bureaucrat Vinod Kumar, five others held guilty

Bhubaneswar: A vigilance court today held senior IAS officer Vinod Kumar and five others guilty in a fraud case at the Odisha Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC).

Five others convicted by the court are Purna Das, Pradeep Rout,Chittaranjan Mohanty, Asish Kumar and Sanjay Mohanty.

Out of the six, Sanjay Jena was present in the court today during pronouncement of the verdict.

The court also issued non-bailable warrant against the five officers who did not appear in the court today.

The financial irregularities to the tune of around Rs 55 lakh had taken place in 2000-01 during the tenure of Vinod Kumar as ORHDC MD.

During his tenure in 2000-01, the corporation allegedly granted loans to builders and contractors unscrupulously without obtaining adequate collateral security and not conducting pre and post sanction inspection. Moreover, no follow-up action was allegedly taken to recover loans.

A 1989 batch Odisha cadre bureaucrat, Kumar was facing trial for allegedly conniving, forging documents and sanctioning large amounts to two builders fraudulently during his tenure.

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