PPT engineer, three more detained in corruption case in Odisha – The New Indian Express


By Express press service

BHUBANESWAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested the chief mechanical engineer of Paradip Port Trust (PPT) and three others, including a senior manager of a stevedoring firm, in an alleged bribery scandal .

Among those arrested are PPT Engineer Saroj Kumar Das, his associate Sumanta Rout, Director of Port Operations of Kolkata-based KCT Sankha Subhra Mitra Group and DGM (Operations) of Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) Surya Narayan Sahoo. Das was accused of frequently asking for and receiving bribes to provide benefits to private parties engaged in services and activities in the port. Rout acted as an intermediary to collect the bribe money.

Rout had also hired Kolkata-based KCT Sankha Group port operations manager Subhra Mitra for such activities. Mitra would have acted as an intermediary for other freight companies. A CBI spokesperson said the case involved serious financial irregularities in the repair and replacement of a PPT treadmill.

The Cuttack-based OSL damaged a conveyor belt while unloading cargo. However, even if it had to be repaired or replaced by OSL, the entire cost, which amounted to millions of dollars, was borne by the port itself. This resulted in huge financial benefits for OSL.

The central agency said Das and Rout, in connivance with OSL director Charchit Mishra, had succeeded. For the benefits given to OSL, Das demanded a bribe of Rs 60 lakh to extend the financial benefits. His assistant Rout reportedly collected Rs 25 lakh from company officials in Cuttack and handed over Rs 10 lakh to a property developer in Bhubaneswar, with whom Das had booked a property.

The CBI first caught Rout at Paradip and recovered Rs 5 lakh of the bribe amount. The agency then recovered Rs 18.30 lakh more from him. During searches at Das’ residence, CBI recovered Rs 20.25 lakh in cash, jewelry, investment-related papers and other incriminating documents from the spot.

CBI officers searched the property of all the defendants at 15 locations, including Paradip, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Bhubaneswar. They seized Rs 41 lakh from the premises of OSL manager Mishra.

The agency registered a complaint in this regard against Das, Rout, Mitra, Mishra, Sahoo and Debapriya Mohanty of the KCT group. Sources said CBI officials questioned OSL chief executive Mahimananda Mishra on Friday about the matter.

BHUBANESWAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Friday arrested the chief mechanical engineer of Paradip Port Trust (PPT) and three others, including a senior manager of a stevedoring firm, in an alleged bribery scandal . Among those arrested are PPT Engineer Saroj Kumar Das, his associate Sumanta Rout, Director of Port Operations of Kolkata-based KCT Sankha Subhra Mitra Group and DGM (Operations) of Odisha Stevedores Limited (OSL) Surya Narayan Sahoo. Das was accused of frequently asking for and receiving bribes to provide benefits to private parties engaged in services and activities in the port. Rout acted as an intermediary to collect the bribe money. Rout had also hired Kolkata-based KCT Sankha Group port operations manager Subhra Mitra for such activities. Mitra would have acted as an intermediary for other freight companies. A CBI spokesperson said the case involved serious financial irregularities in the repair and replacement of a PPT treadmill. The Cuttack-based OSL damaged a conveyor belt while unloading cargo. However, even if it had to be repaired or replaced by OSL, the entire cost, which amounted to millions of dollars, was borne by the port itself. This resulted in huge financial benefits for OSL. The central agency said Das and Rout, in connivance with OSL director Charchit Mishra, had succeeded. For the benefits given to OSL, Das demanded a bribe of Rs 60 lakh to extend the financial benefits. His assistant Rout reportedly collected Rs 25 lakh from company officials in Cuttack and handed over Rs 10 lakh to a property developer in Bhubaneswar, with whom Das had booked a property. The CBI first caught Rout at Paradip and recovered Rs 5 lakh of the bribe amount. The agency then recovered Rs 18.30 lakh more from him. During searches at Das’ residence, CBI recovered Rs 20.25 lakh in cash, jewelry, investment-related papers and other incriminating documents from the spot. CBI officers searched the property of all the defendants at 15 locations, including Paradip, Cuttack, Jagatsinghpur and Bhubaneswar. They seized Rs 41 lakh from the premises of OSL manager Mishra. The agency registered a complaint in this regard against Das, Rout, Mitra, Mishra, Sahoo and Debapriya Mohanty of the KCT group. Sources said CBI officials questioned OSL chief executive Mahimananda Mishra on Friday about the matter.

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