BALANGIR: The Vigilance sleuths on Friday recovered `4.5 lakh from the vehicle of Executive Engineer, Rural Development, Titilagarh division, Debendra Kumar Pattanayak.
Acting on a tip-off that Pattanayak was proceeding to his house at Angul with cash collected illegally, DSP, Vigilance, Balangir, Abhiram Kar intercepted his vehicle about 15 km from Balangir and on a search found cash to the tune of `4,58,170. Pattanayak could not provide the details of the money.
His house, located at Angul, another house at Talamula village in Angul and his official quarters at Titilagarh are being searched. Pattanayak joined government service as Stipendiary Assistant Engineer in 1992.
His service was regularised as Assistant Engineer in 1999 and he was promoted to the rank of Assistant Executive Engineer in 2014. He was then promoted as Executive Engineer and posted in Titilagarh.