Given that he was discovered to have invested 1.75 crore in cryptocurrencies, a senior engineer in Odisha appears to have used a creative strategy to evade the scrutiny of anti-corruption investigators.
Nihar Ranjan Das, Additional Chief Engineer (planning, monitoring, design and investigation) of the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation circle of Bhubaneswar, was seen throwing some papers and his cell phone through the window as Vigilance department officials approached his home early on Friday morning to conduct a raid.
The vigilant sleuths became interested and found a printed QR Code. “We discovered that the engineer had made a cryptocurrency investment. We had the documents examined by professionals. It was discovered that he had put $1.75 million into cryptocurrency. The amount of investment may increase, according to Vigilance Director Y. K. Jethwa.
This was the first time a dishonest government official attempted to avoid authorities by making an investment in virtual money. The finance division of Odisha Vigilance and cryptocurrency specialists seized and investigated up to 38 papers concerning cryptocurrency investments.
On the basis of search warrants issued by Special Judge, Vigilance, Bhubaneswar, the team, which included five deputy superintendents of police, twelve inspectors, one sub-inspector, eleven assistant sub-inspectors, and other staff, conducted raids in six locations, including Khordha, Sambalpur, Bhubaneswar, and Bargarh.
In addition, the engineer found one apartment in the affluent Kharavela Nagar neighbourhood of Bhubaneswar, a double-story structure in Sambalpur, eight pieces of land in an excellent location in Sambalpur town, and decorations. An officer estimated that the value of the assets found on him would be in the crores of rupees.
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