Correspondent

CUTTACK: The State police anti-corruption wing on Tuesday registered corruption and criminal cases against senior IAS officer Bishnupada Sethy and another official for their alleged involvement in multi-crore poultry feed scam.

Besides the officials, cases have also been registered against three prominent poultry farms of the State and raids are also being conducted in these farms on Wednesday, said a Vigilance press release adding that investigations are on.

The release said that Sethy, the former director of animal husbandry and veterinary services and a former deputy director namely Uma Shankar Patra had conspired to show undue favour to the poultry farms in allotment of subsidized poultry feed during the bird flu outbreak in 2006-07 and thereby derived pecuniary advantage to the tune of Rs 1.35 crore.

“Cases under two sections of Prevention of Corruption Act and sections 420 and 120-B of IPC have been registered against the officials after getting information about illegal selection and allotment of subsidized feeds to M/s Suguna Poultry farm, M/s Pasupati Feeds and M/s Eastern Hatchery Pvt Ltd”, the release added.

It may be mentioned here that the Centre had sanctioned Rs 14 crore to Orissa to provide bird feed at subsidized rates to the poultry farms during the bird flu outbreak. Orissa was directed to sell the feed at Rs 450 per quintal against the then market price of Rs 550.

Accordingly, two lakh quintals of bird feed were allotted to Orissa from Andhra Pradesh Supplies Corporation for which Rs two crore was sanctioned to the State for meeting the subsidy amount.

But allegations came thick and fast that the consignment of bird feed never reached Orissa and instead, the allotted feed were sold in Andhra Pradesh itself at a premium.

On the other hand, the officials of the department claimed that the feed were supplied to the State farmers and names of certain non-existent poultry farms were shown as the benefactors.