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EX-B’NGIR DM’S BAIL PLEA TURNED DOWN Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
EX-B’NGIR DM’S BAIL PLEA TURNED DOWN
Tuesday, 11 November 2014 | PNS | Balangir | in Bhubaneswar
The Special Vigilance Court here on Monday rejected the bail application of former district Collector of Balangir Debraj Mishra, who was arrested on November 7 in connection with a recruitment scam.
He along with a few employees under his command resorted to gross irregularities in the appointment of revenue inspectors (RIs) and amins during his tenure as Collector of the district during 2012-13.
The court upheld the decision of the Additional District Judge (ADJ) court here which had remanded him to judicial custody for 14 days on November 8. Mishra’s counsel Pramod Mishra in his arguments before the court contended that all the nine charges against his client were baseless and untenable. This was countered by special public prosecutor Jai Bihari Kadam.
Advocate Mishra said his client would be moving the High Court for bail. Meanwhile, the former Collector is currently lodged in the Balangir district jail. Mishra was arrested from his residence in Kapilaparasad in Bhubaneswar on November 7 by a joint team of Vigilance officials from Sambalpur and Bhubaneswar divisions.
The Vigilance sleuths claimed to have seized a number of incriminating documents, besides about 300 grams of gold from his residence during the raid. The startling revelations about the gross irregularities obtained through RTI had led first to a Vigilance inquiry followed by a Crime Branch probe and culminated in Mishra’s arrest on November 7. Mishra was suspended by the Government before his arrest after preliminary investigation found prima facie evidence against him.