Bhubaneswar, Sept 2
Accusing that the state government is trying to hush up the multi-crore chit fund case, in which several ministers are allegedly involved, the state BJP today demanded removal of Advocate General Ashok Mohanty for his alleged nexus with Artha Tatwa CMD Pradip Sethy, the prime accused in the chit fund scam.
Addressing a press conference at the party office here, BJP supported independent legislator Pratap Sarangi said Mohanty has purchased a piece of land and building worth Rs one crore at CDA at Bidanasi, Cuttack from Pradeep Sethy against whom two cases have been registered at Baleswar town police station and Kharavela Nagar police station in Bhubaneswar.
“The AG took over the possession of the land on March 22, 2013.The transfer fee of Rs.2.96 lakhs for the said plot was paid by Mohanty on behalf of Sethy on March 13, 2013.The signature of AT Group CMD and AG was attested by the Private Secretary of AG on the same date and the official seal was put on it. Pradeep Sethy was wanted by the police during the same period in connection with two FIRs relating to chit fund scam. While the first was lodged at Baleswar on October 6, 2012 under section 420/506/34 IPC & 4,5 &6 of the Prize Chit & Money Circulation Scheme Act 1978, the other was registered at Kharvel nagar police station in capital city on February 7, 2013 under section 420/120B/406 of IPC,” said Sarangi.
“When two cases had already been registered against Sethy before the land deal, how could Mohanty purchase the land and building from him?” asked Sarangi pointing out that Sethy was on the run in connection with his alleged involvement in the chit fund scam during the period.
Sarangi alleged that the land was gifted away to Mohanty to save the fraudster from the chit fund scam.
Revealing that the mode of payment was not mentioned in the affidavit submitted by Sethy to CDA, the Nilagiri MLA alleged that the mandatory notification published by CDA in newspapers did not have complete information about the buyer and seller. “This shows a clear nexus between CDA authorities, the AG and AT Group CMD,” he said.
Seeking an independent probe into the chit fund scam, he demanded an inquiry against the ministers involved in the scam.