Berhampur, July 11 (LocalWire): Vigilance sleuths today arrested the sarpanch of Ankorada gram panchyat in Ganjam district on charges of amassing disproportionate property.
The anti-corruption agency detected properties over Rs 1.54 crore as disproportionate of Ushant Sahu’s known sources of income, said Berhampur SP (vigilance) Mayadhar Swain.
A separate case under Arms Act was also registered against him at Digapahandi police station as an unlicensed rifle with six ammunitions was found from his home at Digapahandi during the raids, officials said.
The vigilance personnel raided six places of Sahu in Digapahandi and his native village at Nabarangapur and office of the gram panchayat at Ankorada on Wednesday.
The other places where the raids are going on included a double-storied building at Niladri Bihar, an under-construction triple-storied building, a garage at Digapahandi and a single-storied building at Rajapur village, said Swain.
During the search they found his immovable properties including 11 housing plots at Digapahandi in the name of Sahu and his wife Sukanti Sahu (Rs 10.34 lakh) three-storied building (under construction) worth Rs 25.07 lakh, two-storied building at his native place Nabarangapur (Rs 3.85 lakh), a building at Rajapur (Rs9.50 lakh), a two-storied building at Digaphandi (Rs 20 lakh).
Similarly, he has deposits of Rs 28.80 lakh in different banks. The household articles worth over Rs 8.10 lakh were found from his house.
He has two cars and two motorbikes, valued around Rs 34.10 lakh.
During the search, the vigilance team also found 615 grams gold ornaments worth around Rs 11 lakh and silver ornaments weighing around 1.400 kg from his house, Swain said.
He said they found cash over Rs 44 lakh from his houses.
Sahu was elected samiti member from Ankorada panchayat in 2007 to 2012, while his wife was sarpanch from 2012 to 2017.
He was again elected as sarpanch of the panchayat in 2017 and is continuing in the post.