Vigilance Inquiry Against Odisha IFS Officer After Frequent Travels Via Chartered Planes
The government of Odisha has launched a vigilance inquiry against Abhay Kant Pathak, a 1987 batch Indian Forest Service (IFS) officer, after he frequently travelled by chartered flights during the lockdown. Besides his Bhubaneswar residence, the state vigilance department carried out simultaneous raids in Mumbai, Bihar, Pune and Rajasthan on Wednesday.
“We mobilized around 150 officers in the search operation. His quarters and office in Bhubaneswar were searched. Residences of some of his relatives were also searched. We seized huge cash and other incriminating documents. Details of his assets and their value would be known after everything is collated,” a vigilance officer said as quoted by The Times of India.
The 58-year-old IFS officer is currently posted as additional principal chief conservator of forests in Odisha. According to a central agency, Pathak and family travelled at least 20 times using the chartered planes during and the lockdown period. Delhi, Mumbai, Patna and Pune are among the frequent destinations of the Pathak family.
“During the inquiry, we have also come to know that Pathak had hired four private bodyguards for his son and himself. Each bodyguard was being paid around Rs 50,000 per month. His son lived a lavish lifestyle. They have taken a farmhouse on rent in Pune which costs Rs 5 lakh/month. They also have a high-end flat in Pune,” the vigilance officer added.
Around Rs 50 lakh cash has been seized from the home of Pathak’s nephew in Bhubaneswar. The IFS officer had kept a huge amount of cash at his driver’s residence in Pipili.
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