Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Feb 6:
Even as the state government is all set to make a ‘sacrificial lamb’ out of a DSP rank officer of the Crime Branch for threatening activist Alok Jena to eliminate him if he did not withdraw the PIL he has filed in the Supreme Court on chit fund scam, two social activists today demanded a CBI inquiry to find out who were behind the move to send the DSP to threaten the petitioner.
“Who had sent the DSP to threaten Jena just before the hearing on the chit fund scam by Supreme Court? Is it the chief minister, who heads the home department, or Crime Branch ADG Bijay Kumar Sharma? The truth behind the scene must be probed by CBI and the multi-crore scam as well,” said social activists Prafulla Samantra and Jayant Das at a joint press meet here.
ICB DSP Pramod Panda had allegedly threatened Jena to eliminate him and his family if he did not withdraw the petition filed in the SC demanding a CBI probe into massive chit fund scam in the state.
“The chief minister has a lot to answer for. Why is the Odisha government opposing a CBI inquiry if he himself and his ministers are not involved in the chit fund scam? And why is the government engaging senior advocates in the apex court spending lakhs of rupees from the state exchequer to avoid a CBI probe,” Samantara asked.
The social activists also demanded arrest and suspension of Panda in the case.
According to Das, around 40 lakh depositors have deposited about Rs 70,000 crore in the chit fund while the government is trying to peg the figure at Rs 3,000 crore. Besides, it has only arrested only some of the owners of the chit fund companies while around 600 agents were arrested to prevent any agitation by the agents, he said.