Bhubaneswar: Cryptocurrency worth over Rs. 1.75 crores was found with a government officer in Bhubaneswar. The cryptos were found in a raid on the additional chief engineer by the Vigilance Department in a corruption case, officials said on Saturday.
The officer was about to retire on Monday.
The raid began on Friday and continued even on Saturday morning. As soon as the officer and his family found the investigators at the doorstep, they tried to destroy evidence of the cryptocurrency they possessed, said an official statement.
The investigators carried out simultaneous searches of his properties across Khurdha, Sambalpur, and Bargarh districts after a search warrant was issued by a judge.
They found eight plots in Sambalpur worth Rs 1.27 crore, insurance deposit worth about Rs 64.42 lakh, two four-wheelers worth Rs 39 lakh, two two-wheelers worth Rs 3 lakh, 332 gm gold jewelry worth over Rs 10 lakh, household articles worth Rs 15.55 lakh and Rs 1.7 lakh in cash, the statement said.
The officer is yet to be arrested, the investigators said.