Another official held in Odisha's IAS remuneration case

An official of the horticulture department was arrested

Authority of the cultivation office was captured on Tuesday on the charge of going about as a conductor for IAS official Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya who is in prison for supposedly accepting hush money of Rs 1 lakh from a privately owned business, authorities said.

Police captured Pitabas Pradhan who joined as an information section administrator on a redistributing premise on January 8, 2014, and was reconnected as Management Information System (MIS) official on September 1, 2019, at the workplace of the chief of cultivation, As MIS official, Pradhan was handling bills from various providers.

Upadhaya was captured on December 31 after sleuths grabbed Santosh Kumar Pattanayak, VP of YES Bank at its Bapuji Nagar Branch in Bhubaneswar, Patnaik had purportedly gotten the payoff measure of Rs 1 lakh from SRM Plastochem Pvt Ltd, provider of sprinklers in Odisha under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sinchayee Yojana (PMKSY), in the interest of Upadhaya.

Upadhaya, the ex-executive of the cultivation office, is in prison since his capture.

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