Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Dec 10:
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today questioned BJD Balasore MP Rabindra Jena for about seven hours for his alleged links with Odisha based chit fund company Seashore Group.
“Seashore group had taken some money from us. They have returned some of it. We are yet to receive the remaining. CBI questioned me about these transactions. I have answered all their questions and have provided them all necessary information,” said Jena speaking to reporters after coming out of the CBI Bhubaneswar office.
It may be mentioned here that this is the second instance of Jena appearing before the premier investigating agency that is investigating Odisha chit fund scam.
CBI questioned him for the first time on January 12, 2015.
Later it had issued a summon on Jena on November 14 this year to appear before it at its Bhubaneswar office. Jena, however, had sent his lawyer with some documents on November 26. Despite this, the agency issued yet another summon on him on December 2 asking him to appear in person.
Sources close to the MP said Jena headed the ‘Supratik’ group of companies, which had lent an amount of Rs 18 crores to the Seashore group in 2010. Seashore had paid back the lion’s share of the money, but still owed Rs 1.86 crores to him, they said.
The five companies under the Supratik conglomerate are Supratik Infra Ventures, Supratik Plastics, Bikram Private Limited, Shree Sanyeeji Rolling Mills and NextTech Power Solutions.
Jena was the Co-Chief Executive Officer (CEO) in Balasore Ispat Alloys from January 31, 2007 to January 30, 2009 and became Managing Director (MD) in the same company from January 30, 2009 and stayed in that capacity till November 3, 2011.