Govt probe against him still on, CBI reinstates ASP

The CBI has reinstated Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Om Prakash Parida, who was suspended in November last year on charges of receiving favours from the accused in a case in the form of air tickets worth over Rs 19 lakh, it is learnt.

However, the departmental enquiry against the ASP is yet to be completed.

Parida was investigating officer in a case registered in 2010 against officials of the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) and Delhi-based firm Oriental Structural Engineers Private Ltd, for alleged irregularities in the award of a contract. A closure report was submitted in the case for lack of evidence.

The ASP was also IO in two cases of the NRHM scam related to Lucknow district. He had filed four chargesheets against 52 accused in two cases in September last year. The investigation is still going on.

None of the accused in the Lucknow NRHM cases was arrested even after the chargesheets were filed. However, eight doctors named in the chargesheets were sent to jail by the court when they surrendered last month.

Parida was removed from the economic offences branch and shifted to the Interpol unit of CBI after his house was searched in November.

The special unit of CBI had initiated action against Parida after collecting details of the alleged favours he had taken from the accused who allegedly sponsored foreign trips of the ASP and his family members between 2010 and 2012.

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