Bhubaneswar, July 23 (IANS) Odisha Vigilance Department sleuths on Saturday arrested IPS officer Joydeep Nayak, who had allegedly siphoned off Rs 88 lakh government funds from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad, an official said.
Nayak, an Inspector General rank officer and of Manipur-Tripura cadre, was recently suspended for his alleged involvement in siphoning off the funds meant for computer education of SC/ST students and self help groups (SHGs) in Odisha, where he was on deputation to the state police’s Human Rights Protection Cell (HRPC).
Vigilance DG Rajendra Prasad Sharma said Nayak was being brought from Ghaziabad on transit remand.
The Vigilance Department had recently registered a case against Nayak for allegedly siphoning off government funds, and were looking for the absconding officer.
Earlier this month, the Tripura government had suspended Nayak following the report submitted by the Odisha vigilance in this regard.
The Tripura government, following the request of the Odisha government last month, asked Nayak to report to the director (vigilance) of Odisha, but he went to New Delhi and got himself admitted to a private hospital.
The Odisha Vigilance Department already arrested five people including the cell’s Additional Superintendent of Police Basanta Kumar Pradhan (who was then a deputy superintendent of police), for their involvement in the irregularities.