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Odisha: Vigilance Raids Top GST Official's Premises

BHUBANESWAR: A senior official of the state CT (commercial tax) and GST (goods and services tax) wing has come under the scanner of the vigilance directorate for alleged possession of assets disproportionate to his known sources of income.

Simultaneous raids were under way on the pemises of Piyusa Kant Pani, additional commissioner of CT and GST, at different places until the filing of this report.

The anti-corruption officials have so far unearthed movable and immovable assets to the tune of nearly Rs 5 crore belonging to Pani and his family members.

"We detected 7 plots worth around Rs 1.87 crore registered in the names of Pani and his family members in prime areas of Bhubaneswar during the searches. Undervaluation during the registration of the lands is suspected," a vigilance official said.

The actual value of the plots may be much higher. A probe is being initiated to verify this," a senior vigilance official said.

A three-storey building and another single-storey house at Chakeisihani in Bhubaneswar, three triple-storey buildings and one single-storey building located at Chorda Chowk in Jajpur and a farmhouse at Andharua in the city have been detected. "We also found six high-end vehicles worth Rs 61.55 lakh, bank and insurance deposits worth Rs 53.63 lakh and gold ornaments weighing 387 grams. Since the raid is still in progress, the exact value of his ill-gotten assests would be known on Tuesday," the official said. Pani, an Odisha finance service officer, has been detained for interrogation.