Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jun 24:
Demanding CBI probe of BJD’s links with suspended assistant director of Factories and Boilers Motilal Gouda, Chhatra Congress- the students’ wing of the Congress party today held a massive rally in the Odisha capital.
Chhatra Congress members, who marched in a rally from Congress Bhawan at Station Square held a demonstration at Sriya Square and burnt effigies of Ministers and MLAs of the BJD whose photographs with accused Motilal Gouda has been doing rounds for the last few days.
“We are astonished how a doctor who was dismissed by one department of the government was appointed as a director in another department. In this incident, Motilal certainly has links with frontline leaders of the ruling BJD. Several young MLAs of the BJD like Arun Sahu and Byomkesh have taken crores from Motilal which they have share among themselves. We demand immediate arrest of Motilal Gouda and CBI probe in the case,” said Itish Pradhan, Chhatra Congress leader.
“The state government and police are every time trying to punish those who are guilty of corruption within the jurisdiction of law. The issue should not be politicized. Odisha police will certainly take action against criminals. The case is being investigated by the Crime Branch and I strongly believe that whosoever will be caught will be surely punished. The way Congress is politicizing the issue, it is most unfortunate,” said Dibyashankar Mishra, BJD spokesperson.
It may be recalled here that Dr. Motilal Gouda, an assistant director of the Directorate of Factories & Boilers under the Labour department as alleged had fraudulently published a fake gazette notification on his own asking industrial units to get health check-up of their employees through select pathology labs and had allegedly made about Rs one crore as the kickback.
Notably, Motilal Gouda seen in a photograph with Law Minister Arun Sahu, MLAs Pranab Balabantaray, Byomkesh Ray, Anubhav Patnaik doing rounds in the media has turned out to be the Achilles heel for the ruling BJD.