Bhubaneswar: Odisha IAS officer Bijay Ketan Upadhyaya, who was arrested in a graft case, has been sent to judicial custody in Jharpada special jail for 14 days. Upadhyaya was in vigilance police remand till January 5 for investigations.

After completion of the remand period, he was today produced before the vigilance special court, which remanded him to judicial custody. The court posted the hearing on the bail plea of Upadhyaya on January 8.

The IAS officer, while he was horticulture director, was trapped by the vigilance police. He is accused of demanding a bribe of Rs one lakh from a company through Santosh Kumar Pattanayak, relationship manager of Yes Bank, Bapuji Nagar branch, who was allegedly acting as a conduit. Vigilance sleuths had caught the bank official red-handed when he was accepting the bribe on the behalf of the IAS officer for releasing the firm’s bill of Rs 50 lakh.

Upadhyaya has been placed under suspension after his arrest by the vigilance police in the case.