NEW DELHI: In a clear snub for the Odisha government, the Supreme Court of India on Monday quashed its appeal challenging the June 19 High Court order dismissing a vigilance case against the director general of CRPF and former Odisha director general of police Prakash Mishra.
The High Court had quashed the vigilance case against Mishra over allegations of financial improprieties during his tenure as the chairperson and managing director of Odisha State Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OSPHWC) between 2006 and 2009.
The state government had moved the SC on August 13 challenging the high court’s order. A bench of Justice J Chelemeshwar and Justice Abhaya Manohar Sapre upheld the High Court order.
The Odisha government had lodged the vigilance case against Mishra in September 2014 when he was being considered for the post of director of CBI. Mishra, a 1977-batch IPS officer with an impeccable record, eventually lost out in the race for the CBI director’s post despite being one of the seniormost contenders for it. State government, in its FIR, had charged Mishra with favouring some suppliers during his tenure as the CMD of Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation.
Mishra had challenged this move in the High Court of Odisha seeking quashing of the case.