CBI arrests senior Telecom official, associate

A senior telecom official and his associate were arrested by the CBI in Orissa on Wednesday in connection with a disproportionate assets case, CBI sources said.

Bhubaneswar: A senior telecom official
and his associate were arrested by the CBI in Orissa on Wednesday in
connection with a disproportionate assets case, CBI sources
said.

Abanindra Mohanty, General Manager of Nagpur Telecom
District in Maharashtra, was arrested in the state capital,
his associate Gautam Mishra, an assistant professor in a
private engineering college, was taken into custody by
CBI sleuths in Rourkela, they said.
Both Mohanty and Mishra refuted allegations against
them and said truth would come out soon.

Mohanty was arrested earlier in 2008 while taking
bribe when posted as GM, Kharagpur Telecom circle.

He had been suspended for one year and latter
reinstated at Nagpur. The CBI was conducting investigation
against Mohanty since 2009 and had searched his house earlier
during which assets disproportionate to his known sources of
income had been detected, the sources said.
After an interrogation at the CBI state headquarter
here, Mohanty was arrested under provisions of Prevention of
Corruption Act 1988. Mishra was arrested for allegedly
handling and using Mohanty`s black money in the engineering
college, CBI sources said.

A senior CBI official said the investigation would
show whether Mohanty had any role in the multi-crore telecom
scam rocking the country.

PTI