Reported by Chinmay Dehury / Edited by Manoj Mishra
Bhubaneswar, Aug 3
Claiming that the multi-crore chit fund scam is a government sponsored fraud, the Odisha Jana Morcha (OJM) today said the commission of inquiry headed by a retired High Court judge is only a ruse to shield influential persons, including the politicians involved in the scam.
“The Rs 20, 000 crore chit fund scam, in which thousands of investors have been duped by chit fund companies in the state, is a government sponsored
fraud. The state government, instead of coming to the rescue of the duped investors, is trying to shield influential persons involved in the multi-crore scam,” said OJM president Pyarimohan Mohapatra at a press briefing here.
Lashing out at the government for instituting a judicial commission of inquiry into the scam, the former BJD leader said the Commission can at best collect facts but has no power to sue anyone. “This is a fit case to be handed over to CBI for a fair probe and take the real culprits to task”, he maintained.
Asked about the alleged involvement of OJM leader Jagneswar Babu with the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, Mohapatra said the investigating team did not interrogate him as the government knew it very well that it would be in trouble if it did so.
Senior BJD leader and Panchayati Raj minister Kalpataru Das refuted Mohapatra’s charge and said the OJM leader is trying to give a political colour to the issue. “The state government has taken all possible measures against those involved in the scam. While the state Crime Branch police are investigating the case, the government has instituted a judicial commission of inquiry,” he said.