Report by; Sibananda Mishra, Correspondent, Twin City
Bhubaneswar: Cases are registered against B P Sethi a IAS and Uma Shankar Patra, Dy Director (Poultry) of Animal Husbandry and Veternary Services, Orissa, under section 13 (2) read with 13 (1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988 and under section 420 and 120-B of the IPC, vigilance SP Debadutta Pattnaik said.Sethi, a 1995 batch IAS officer and presently working as the director of census operation in Orissa, was not available for comment. His name was dragged into financial irregularities when he was a director of animal husbandry and veternary service two years ago.
At the time of enquiry it was found that Sethi and Patra conspired with poultry firms namely Suguna Poultry firm Pvt Ltd, Pasupati feeds, Eastern Hatchery Pvt Ltd and others have shown undue official favour to the firms in allotment of subsidised maize and thereby derived pecuniary advantage to the tune of Rs 1,34,53,307," Pattnaik said.
In the course of investigation, simultaneous raids were conducted on Eastern Hatchery Pvt Ltd, Orissa Poultry Ltd and Kalinga Poultry on Wednesday, he said. The officials had allegedly allowed the private firms to sell off the subsidised chicken feed in Andhra Pradesh instead of bringing the consignment to Orissa after stealing it from the FCI godown, they said. The Centre had sanctioned chicken feed to Orissa and other states at subsidised price to help farmers to overcome difficulties during bird flu