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Cuttack: The Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch on Tuesday arrested former Deogarh MLA Sanjeev Pradhan on graft charges.
Pradhan was arrested under section 420, 406, 445, 467 of IPC for embezzlement of Rs 27 lakh meant for villagers displaced by the Rengali Dam project.
The EOW had started investigation into the much hyped misappropriation of money meant for compensation to the land oustees of the dam project in September 2014.
It was alleged that crores of rupees were sanctioned for the land oustees who lost their homes and land for the Rengali project in 1973. But the land oustees did not get the money; it went to the hands of the people with power and influence instead.
In August 2013, the people of Deogarh held a 12- hour Bandh demanding an inquiry into the case. They had also leveled specific allegations against Pradhan following which the EOW had registered a case against him.
BJD president Naveen Patnaik had suspended him from the party on December 16, 2016.