His total disproportionate assets may be Rs. 1 crore, say officials
BERHAMPUR: Most of the highly paid software engineers will envy V. Satyanarayana, an alleged ‘crorepati’ civil engineer of the Orissa government whose establishments in the city are being raided since Monday morning by the Vigilance Department.
On Tuesday his lockers in different bank branches in the city were opened up. He had a locker each in the Courtpeta branch of the Andhra Bank and the Ramlingam tank road branch of the Bank of India (BOI).
The vigilance sleuths found 2.5 kilograms of gold from his BOI locker.
This gold was stored in the form of ornaments and pure gold slabs. Around Rs. 6 six lakh were also unearthed from his lockers. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Sarat Chandra Mohapatra and Special officer Devadutta Patnaik, who are leading the vigilance team involved in the raid said the total disproportionate assets of Satyanarayana would touch Rs. 1 crore.
Sayanarayan was posted as assistant executive engineer, Town Planning at Jeypore in Koraput district.
This resident of Berhampur had earlier held posts in the Berhampur municipality and Berhampur Development Authority (BDA). His disproportionate assets included, two large bunildings in Berhampur, homestead land in Bhubaneswar, deposits made to buy land in Hyderabad. He owned luxurious household items. Cash worth more than Rs. 8 lakhs was seized from his possession.
But he seemed to have realised the value of gold and silver as sources of investment for the black money amassed by him.
The amount of gold recovered from his locker and houses was 3.008 kilograms and he also owned silver utensils and ornaments of over 13 kilograms.
It is not the first time for the vigilance officials to track down ‘crorepati’ government official in Berhampur. Last month disproportionate property worth more than Rs. 2 crore had been unearthed from the possession of a police officer, Girija Rath, who was posted as a circle inspector in the Berhampur police district.