The court of Special Judge (Vigilance) sentenced former IAS officer Vinod Kumar, Cuttack Barabati MLA Md Moquim, and realtor Piyush Mohanty to three years in jail. The court pronounced its judgment in a case related to Odisha Rural Housing Development Corporation (ORHDC), which was headed by Kumar in 2001, and private real estate entities.
According to the reports, Mohanty and Moquim headed Metro Builders which was one of the beneficiaries in the loan scam in 2001. Ineligible beneficiaries were given loans by ORHDC during this period in which Metro Builders received a loan of Rs 150 lakh. The Odisha government had earlier dismissed senior IAS officer Kumar, a key accused in the rural housing scam who was convicted in two corruption cases and has 27 graft cases against him.
Kumar, Ex-MD, ORHDC, Swasti Ranjan Mohapatra, Ex-Company Secretary, ORHDC, Md Moquim, Managing Director, M/s Metro Builders, Peeyusdhari Mohanty, Director, Metro Builders, and Metro Builders Pvt. Ltd. were charge-sheeted by Odisha Vigilance in a case registered on March 30, 2005, under Sections 13(2) r/w 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and under Sections 120-B/468/471/420 of the IPC.
The charges were framed for showing undue favor, criminal misconduct, forgery, cheating, and criminal conspiracy, and obtaining pecuniary advantage to M/s. Metro Builders Pvt. Ltd. by releasing funds in the guise of loans meant for rural poor, the Vigilance stated.
Kumar and Mohapatra were sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of 3 years and to pay fine of Rs 50,000, and in default of payment of fine, to undergo further rigorous imprisonment for a period of 6 months on each count.
Moquim and Mohanty have been sentenced to undergo rigorous imprisonment for a period of 3 years and pay fine of Rs.50,000, and in default of payment of fine, to undergo further rigorous imprisonment for a period of 6 months on each count. All the sentences are to run concurrently.
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