Senior IPS officer Joydeep Nayak, arrested from Ghaziabad by Odisha vigilance sleuths in a corruption case, was on Sunday remanded to judicial custody and sent to Choudwar jail.
The Tripura-Manipur cadre Odia officer is facing corruption charges for his alleged 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 in Odisha. The scam took place when Nayak was on deputation in the Human Rights Protection Cell 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 on transit remand from Uttar Pradesh, the vigilance sleuths asked the court of judge RK Hota to take the IPS officer on police remand for four days for custodial interrogation.
Approaching the bench on crutches after an apparent ligament surgery, Nayak applied for bail.
Since the court was closed on Sunday, the vigilance judge posted the remand petition of the police and the bail petition of the accused to be taken up jointly on Monday for hearing and remanded the suspended IPS officer to Choudwar circle jail on 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 the surgery.