Paradip, May 26 (LocalWire): The economic offences wing (EOW) has launched a probe into the Rs 1.85-crore misappropriation case involving officials of CESU (Central Electricity Supply Utility).
So far, two CESU officials have been suspended in connection with the case.
CESU’s Paradip electrical division has eight sub-centers that together collect nearly 2.5 cores towards electricity bills every month.
It is alleged that corrupt officials pocketed a large sum of money collected towards electricity bills from the consumers instead of depositing the revenue in the government account.
Smrutiranjan Swain, the executive engineer of the Paradip Electrical Division, had lodged a police complaint after unearthing the fraud during an audit.
Cashier Dhaneswer Sahu has been accused of misappropriating Rs 1.85 cores during 2017-2018. Preliminary investigations reveal Sahu had pocketed 20 to 30 per cent of the total cash every month.
CESU deputy manager Ramananda Prusty has also been charged with stealing government funds.
Paradip police station in-charge Pravat Chandra Sahoo said a case has been registered against cashier Sahu and deputy manager Prusty under section 408,409 121(B) of the IPC.
Meanwhile, the police have handed over the case to EOW since the amount was more than Rs 1 crore.