Cuttack,07/11/18:Vigilance sleuths nabbed the Block Development Officer (BDO) of Bisra block in Sundergarh district while accepting a bribe of Rs 1lakh. The accused has been identified as Prasant Kumar Rout.
Accordingly, a trap was laid on 6.11.2018. Accused Rout, B.D.O. was caught red-handed by the Vigilance officers at the rest room of Bisra Block office, while demanding and accepting bribe of Rs.1,00,000/- from complainant Sri Jena. Sri Rout, B.D.O received the bribe money of Rs.1,00,000/- from the complainant, and kept the same in a table drawer. The bribe money was recovered from the possession of Sri Rout and seized in presence of witnesses. His right hand wash as well as table drawer wash gave positive chemical reaction, confirming acceptance and handling of bribe money by him. His residential house located at Bhadrak Town, rented house at Bhubaneswar and Govt. quarter at Bisra, Dist-Sundargarh are being searched. Sri Rout, B.D.O. has been arrested and will be forwarded to the Court.
Meanwhile, simultaneous raids have been conducted by the anti-corruption officials at the BDO’s office in Bisra and his residence in Bhadrak and further probe into the incident is on.
“The BDO was caught red handed while receiving the bribe amount which he had kept in a drawer and the money has been seized,” said Vigilance DSP, Rourkela, Dasharathi Sethi.
Reportedly, Rout was earlier charged with allegations of misappropriation of 584 quintals of PDS rice when he was posted as the BDO of Danagadi block in Jajpur district in 2012.