Bhubaneswar, Jan 22: Vigilance sleuths today arrested another employee of the Director of Horticulture in connection with the bribery case. Earlier the Vigilance had arrested IAS officer Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya, on December 30 for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 1 lakh.
Vigilance sleuths on Tuesday arrested Pitabas Nayak working with the Management Information System of the directorate. Vigilance sources said that Nayak started his job as a data entry operator in the directorate in 2014 and was later posted in the Management Information System.
“Further investigation revealed Nayak of being a close associate of the arrested IAS official. His job was the process the file for clearance of bill,” said an official.
Upadhyaya was accused of demanding a bribe of Rs one lakh from a company through Santosh Kumar Pattanayak, relationship manager of a Bhubaneswar based private bank for release of a bill of Rs 50 lakh. Vigilance sleuths had also arrested the bank official. The Odisha government had also suspended the bureaucrat on the day he was arrested.