Bhubaneswar: Odisha vigilance police on Wednesday arrested a divisional forest officer (DFO) on graft charge.
Patnagarh kendu leaf DFO Pranab Kumar Mohanty was caught by the vigilance police while receiving Rs 1.66 lakh from his range officer.
Pranab Kumar Mohanty, DFO, Kendu Leaf Patnagarh and Chitaranjan Dehury, Deputy Range Officer, Kendu Leaf Gharsien South Range, Patnagarh, have been caught by the officers of Vigilance Sambalpur Division for demanding and accepting illegal gratification of Rs.1,66,000 from complainant Jaganath Dash, Range Officer, Kendu Leaf Patnagarh Range through Dehury towards release of Rs.10.37 lakh by the DFO for repairing of phadies (Godown for keeping Kendu Leaf).
Rs.1.66 lakh has been recovered.
Govt residential quarters of the DFO Mohanty and Dehury situated at Patnagarh in Bolangir were searched