Bijay Ketan Upadhaya is an IAS officer. He belongs to the Odisha cadre of the 2009 batch. He was arrested by the Vigilance Department for involvement in corruption. At the time of his arrest, he was director of horticulture. He was then suspended and reinstated after six months.
Bijay Ketan, coming from a middle class family, had accomplished a lot in life. In 2008, he had passed the UPSC Civil Services Exam, All India Rank 8. That was a great achievement. Since then, he has been hailed as a role model for young people. Unfortunately, this bribery incident left a big dent on his persona and public profile.
Height: 5 ft. and 7 inches
Hair colour: black
Weight: About 72 kg
Bijay Ketan Upadhaya was DM of many districts. He was always considered an honest and hardworking IAS officer. In recent times, he had developed a bad relationship with many powerful contractors and politicians. He was taken to the Ministry of Horticulture from where he was arrested.
Date of birth: NA
Place of Birth: Balashore, Odisha
Family and relationship
Female: Tushima Mishra. She is also at work. When the court rejected Bijay Ketan’s bail request, she applied pressure, alleging that the BJD government of Odisha is determined to destroy her husband’s career. She had further claimed that the department has not yet found anything wrong in his account and Rs. 70 lakhs shown in his account is among their hard earned money.
Children: A son.
Interesting and lesser known facts
When the Vigilance Department searched Bijay Ketan’s home, they were unable to produce a search warrant when the family asked. They also searched Bijay Ketan’s parents’ home without a search warrant.