Bhubaneshwar: The Special Vigilance Court here on Saturday dismissed a petition by former Union minister Dilip Kumar Ray asking the court to dismiss a case against him which says he amassed assets disproportionate to legal sources of income .
A source said the unequal assets case was previously filed against Ray by the anti-corruption department in 1996. The court issued a 33-page order on Saturday and asked Ray to remain personally present on March 15 for a new audience. Supreme Court Appointed Senior Counsel S Rajashekar appeared for Ray.
The court ordered charges against Ray as he was found in possession of a number of plots, a chain of hotels and several bank accounts, including other movable and immovable assets.
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Ray was a minister at the time in the cabinet of the former chief minister of Odisha, the late Biju Patnaik. The anti-corruption agency had estimated Ray’s disproportionate assets at Rs 3.88 crore. Cuttack’s Vigilance Directorate had filed a case (No. 53/28.6.1996) under Section 13(1) r/w 13(2) of the Prevention of Corruption Act against him.
It is pertinent to mention here that the former MP from Rourkela Assembly constituency was sentenced to three years imprisonment in October 2020 by the Delhi court in a coal scam case for irregularities in the allocation of the Jharkhand coal block in 1999.
The coal scam was carried out during the BJP-led NDA government in the Center. Ray was Minister of State (MoS) for Coal with independent office in the former Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.
Following Ray’s conviction, he was released on bail along with two other defendants. Later, the lower court suspended his sentence.
Despite several attempts, reactions from Ray could not be obtained.