Bhubaneswar, May 9 UNI | 3 months ago

Two major Opposition political parties in Odisha, the Congress and the BJP, today welcomed the Supreme Court order directing for a CBI probe to the multi-crore chit fund scam in the state.

Odisha Pradesh Congress Commiittee President Jaydev Jena said the Supreme Court order has exposed the state government which was all along opposing the CBI probe.

The apex court verdict, he said, has vindicated the Congress which has been demanding a CBI probe to the scam alleging the involvement of ruling BJD leaders.

Welcoming the apex court judgement, OPCC Spokesperson Narasingha Mishra said "I denounce the attempt made by the Odisha government to prevent CBI investigation to the case and spending huge money from the public exchequer by engaging senior lawyers at a very high fee only to protect the criminals who had cheated millions people of the state.

Mr Mishra said when allegations were against the Ministers and political heavy weights of the state, it would have been fair on the part of the Naveen Patnaik government to concede to the demand for a CBI probe into the scam.

In view of the Supreme Court judgement, the Congress leader said, the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik should rethink about his negative attitude in conceding CBI investigation into the mega mining scam.

State BJP president K V Singh Deo said the Chit fund scam was a government sponsored scam in which many leaders of the ruling BJD were directly or indirectly involved.

Mr Singh Deo said the administration and the Police have also helped the scamster in the looting of the innocent investors whose hard earned money have been duped by several chit fund companies working under the patronage of the ruling BJD leaders.

The BJP president alleged that Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik was acting as a brand ambassador of some Chit fund companies. The state government, he said was inquiring into the scam through crime branch to suit its own party and leaders.

The BJP leader said the CBI inquiry would expose the real face of the BJD leaders including the Chief Minister.

BJD vice-president Kalpataru Das, however, claimed that the state government had taken a series of steps after the allegations of chit fund scams surfaced in the state.

Mr Das said the steps taken by the state government was also appreciated by the Supreme Court.

The BJD vice-president said about 400 people were taken into custody and the officials were empowered to seize and sell properties of the Chit fund companies.

The state government, he further said, had also created a revolving fund to help the victims of Chit fund companies to get back their money.

Mr Das claimed that the state government had done its best and had submitted to the Supreme Court that it would not object if the Apex court decided for a CBI probe.

The state government would extend its full support to the central agency to inquire into the scam, he said.

(Posted on 10-05-2014)