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Cheating: Ex-BJD MLA Sanjeev Pradhan arrested

Bhubaneswar/Sambalpur, October 10, 2017: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) on Tuesday arrested former Deogarh (BJD) MLA Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan on charges of misappropriation of Rs 27,01,848 meant for the people displaced due to the Rengali Multipurpose Project.

According to an EOW communiqué, in 1983 the Odisha Government had acquired land in Bhatsingh mouza for construction of Rengal Multi Purpose Project and had awarded compensation amount to the land outstees.

“One Madhusudan Garnayak and his brother Siba Prasad Garnayak of the Bhatsingh village had engaged accused Sanjeev Kumar Pradhan as their advocate to file case in the Civil Court, Deogarh for fair and reasonable value of the acquired land. But, Pradhan had fraudulently received and misappropriated a sum of Rs 27,01,848 towards decreetal dues by submitting fake and forged legal heir certificate in respect of Madhusudan Garnayak and Siba Prasad Garnayak purportedly issued by Deogarh Tehasildar as well as power of attorney purportedly issued in favour of Mandakini Garnayak by District Sub-Registrar, Deogarh etc,” it added.

Pradhan would be produced at the Sambalpur SDJM court on Wednesday.

Earlier, Subash Chandra Sahoo, Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Officer,   Rengali Multi Purpose Project was arrested on June 22, 2015. 

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