Senior IPS officer Joydeep Nayak, arrested from Ghaziabad by Odisha vigilance sleuths in a corruption case, was today remanded in judicial custody and sent to Choudwar jail after being produced at the residence of a vigilance court special judge here.
The Tripura-Manipur cadre Odia officer is facing corruption charges here for his alleged key role in cheating the Odisha government of Rs 88 lakh. The IG-rank officer allegedly embezzled the money while working in Odisha on deputation.
Nayak, a 1991 batch IPS officer, was allegedly involved in misappropriation of Rs 88 lakh meant for computer education of SC/ST students and self-help groups (SHGs) in Odisha. The scam took place when Nayak was on deputation in the Human Rights Portection Cell (HRPC) of Odisha Police.
Nayak had come to Odisha on deputation in 2011 and served in several positions. The alleged corruption took place when Nayak was in charge of SC/ST Protection Cell of HRPC from August 24, 2012 to December 31, 2015. He went back to Tripura in January 2016 to join as Director Fire Services.
After bringing nayak in transit remand from Uttar Pradesh, the vigilance sleuths prayed in the court of judge R K Hota here to take the IPS officer on police remand for four days for custodial interrogation.
Limping with support of crutches after an apparent ligament surgery, Nayak has also applied for bail.
Since the court was closed on the day, the vigilance judge posted the remand petition of the police and the bail petition of the accused to be taken up jointly tomorrow for hearing and remanded the suspended IPS officer to Choudwar circle jail in judicial custody.
Jail sources said the senior IPS officer would be lodged separately in a solitary room of jail hospital as he is sick and under medication recuperating from a surgery.
(Source : PTI)