Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, May 12:
Alok Jena, a social activist who had filed the PIL on the multi-crore Odisha chit fund scam in the Supreme Court, today demanded that polygraph tests be conducted on five persons, including the chief minister, by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) with regard to the illegal financial business by chit fund companies in the state.
Addressing a press meet here today, Jena also took the names of four other persons who, he said, should be subjected to the test – a relative of the chief minister, a senior IPS officer, the president of a regional political outfit and a Delhi-based lawyer.
He, however, did not produce any evidence to support or substantiate his accusations.
“The polygraph tests will reveal the truth about how black money was turned into white”, he claimed.
Jena alleged the AT group has stocked gold worth Rs 5000 crore in 170 lockers in various private banks.
“All the documents are with us and very soon we will produce these before the CBI Joint director who has been directed by the Supreme Court to probe into the scam,” he said.
Alleging that the chief minister and the president of a regional outfit had helped the AT group and Seashore Group respectively to run their illegal business in the state, Jena also pointed a finger at a close relative of the chief minister, who, he said, had allegedly helped the AT group to get gold license though the SEBI which had earlier turned down the company’s request for a license.
Accusing the president of a regional outfit of direct involvement with the Seashore group, Jena wanted to know how many times he had visited Dubai.
He also leveled allegations against a Delhi-based lawyer for offering shelter to a Brahmapur-based chit-fund operator at his Bhubaneswar residence.
Jena also alleged that a senior police officer had extended support to some chit fund companies to run hassle-free business in the state and also accused him of negligence in conducting investigations into the chit fund scam.
Jayant Das, an RTI activist was also present along with Jena at the press meet.