Rabindra Nath Pradhan, an assistant executive engineer in Odisha, has been arrested by anti-corruption branch of the Odisha Police. He owns assets worth ₹ 6.53 crore, including 48 flats of one bedroom each. The vigilance branch of the Odisha police raided different properties registered under the name of Pradhan, who acquires assets disproportionate to his actual income.

Apart from 48 one-bedroom flats, Pradhan owns eight plots, two double storied buildings and one single room house. He has two four-wheeler vehicles, gold and silver ornaments, cash deposits in savings accounts and insurance policies.

“Thus, the total assets of Rabindra Nath Pradhan, Assistant Executive Engineer, GPH Division-II, Bhubaneswar and his family members has been calculated as Rs.6,53,86,710,” the police said in a statement.

Pradhan’s son owns three registered companies and act as director in all of them. While the two companies are of the real estate sector, the third one belongs to the food processing and preservation sector.

In a partnership, Pradhan’s son deals in agricultural products as well. The Court of Special Judge, Vigilance Department, sent Pradhan to judicial custody until November 3. The bail application of Pradhan was rejected by  the court.

According to the Vigilance SP M Radhakrushna, Pradhan’s case is the first of its kind in the history of the state vigilance.

“No government official had ever been found possessing such huge properties,” Radhakrushna said, adding that Pradhan could justify the properties he has in his possession.

Pradhan has been booked under Section 13(2), 13(1)(b) Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018.