In December last year, Odisha Government recommended the Centre for the compulsory retirement of 1987-batch IFS officer Pathak, who has been accused of amassing disproportionate assets worth several crores, terming him ‘very corrupt and high-flying’.
The State Vigilance Department had arrested Abhay Kant Pathak and his engineering graduate son son Akash Pathak on charges of amassing disproportionate assets worth Rs 9.35 crore.
The Vigilance Department also found cash deposits worth Rs 17 crore in the bank accounts of Akash Pathak, who is also accused of impersonation, forgery and cheating of youths with the promise of jobs in Tata Motors.
A case under several sections of the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Act, 2018, has been registered against the IFS officer and his son. Both father and son are now in jail.
During lockdown in 2020 when regular commercial flights were not allowed, the father-son duo along with former BJD Minister Pradeep Panigrahy, junior Pathak’s prospective father-in-law, allegedly took 14 chartered flights to various cities in the country. They also stayed in star hotels at least 15 times last year with room rents going beyond Rs 2.3 lakh per day.
Akash Pathak, who posed as the managing director of Tata Motors passengers division, reportedly defrauded more than a hundred youths promising them jobs in the company where he never worked. Though he kept insisting that he worked in Tata Motors, two days ago he finally confessed the truth to CID officials.