IAS officer arrested in Odisha for taking bribe

Bhubaneswar: An Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer in Odisha was on Monday arrested for allegedly taking bribe of Rs 1 lakh to pass a bill.

Odisha Vigilance arrested IAS officer Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya for allegedly accepting a bribe of Rs one lakh to pass a bill.

Bijay Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya is currently serving as director of Odisha’s Horticulture Department.

The 2009 batch IAS officer was caught red-handed by the officials of the anti-corruption agency while accepting the bribe from a person.

The vigilance police arrested him from his office here in Krishi Bhawan. The anti-corruption police also searched his residence and other places.

As per reports, the state government received complaints from different people regarding corruption in the Horticulture department during the ‘Mo Sarkar’ programme. Accordingly, a trap was laid for the official.

The Odisha govt suspended 2009-batch IAS officer Bijay Ketan Upadhaya, hours after he was trapped by vigilance sleuths for allegedly accepting bribe.