Rayagada DFO suspended on graft charge, sexual harassment


Bhubaneswar: Odisha government on Saturday suspended Rayagada DFO, Debarchan Behera on charges of corruption and sexually harassing a woman staff.

“Debarchan Behera, DFO, Rayagada Forest Division has been placed under suspension with immediate effect by the state government taking note of sensitivity and seriousness of the allegations against him,” said a statement from CMO.  

Sources said that Behera allegedly harassed a woman staff sexually at the workplace.

Besides, corruption allegations related to the construction and maintenance of government building and purchase of store articles also surfaced against the Rayagada DFO.

Further, serious allegations are under investigation, the statement said.