BHUBANESWAR: Old habits die hard. A ‘tainted’ former revenue inspector (RI), who had been re-engaged on contractual basis after his retirement, was held by the State Vigilance while allegedly taking ` 20,000 as bribe from a person here on Friday.
During his days as RI, he had been charged with corrupt practices several times too. Dasarathi Majhi had retired as an RI, but was re-engaged on contractual basis in the office of Director, Sewerage Board, here. He apparently had demanded ` 20,000 from Bijay Kumar Muduli of Brahmeswarpatna for submitting a report to Land Acquisition Officer. The report pertained to issue of cheque towards compensation for acquisition of land for the Board.
When the matter came to Vigilance’s notice, a trap was laid and Majhi was allegedly caught red-handed on his residence premises at Old Town area. The bribe was recovered from the dicky of a scooter. Hand wash of Majhi gave positive chemical result. Majhi was arrested soon after the incident. Verification of his antecedents revealed that he was also accused of indulging in corruption in the past. Three cases were slapped against him 1998, 2004 2009 on the charges of indulging in corruption and possessing disproportionate assets during his tenure as RI, Bhubaneswar. Investigation in all these cases is on.