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AAP Odisha questions BJP silence on CBI chief

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 10:

The Odisha unit of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) today questioned Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) silence on CBI director Ranjit Sinha’s meeting with 2G and coal allotment scam accused persons and demanded that the party must make its stand on the issue clear.

AAP Press Meet ( Pic-Biswaranjan Mishra)
AAP Press Meet ( Pic-Biswaranjan Mishra)

Nishikanta Mohapatra, State’s Convener of AAP, Odisha said in a press meet here that the same CBI Director, during a four-day visit to the state from March 1, met the Chief Minister of Odisha Naveen Patnaik for only 10 minutes and BJP had condemned the meeting.

Quoting BJP spokesperson Suresh Pujari’s statement at the time in which he had said the hush hush meeting had raised suspicion and had alleged that attempts were being made to hush up the scams as politicians from both BJD and Congress are deeply involved in them, the AAP leader said; ”It is surprising that the party which is now ruling at the Centre is silent on the CBI Director meeting persons accused in the 2 G and coal scams thirty, forty times in a year at his residence when they are under investigation by the premier agency.”

The import of the meeting between the CBI Director with the interested parties can be gauged from the fact that the CBI, which had filed an FIR naming Kumar Mangalam Birla, owner of Hindalco and former coal secretary after 16 months of preliminary inquiry in the Talabira coal blocks allocation case involving the Odisha Government, took an U-turn on August 29 and said there was no illegality in the allocation of coal blocks to Hindalco, Mohapatra pointed out.

To uphold the dignity of the office of the CBI director and to restore the credibility of the premier investigating agency, AAP Odisha demanded the NDA government headed by BJP must take immediate action against the CBI director Ranjit Sinha through the Supreme Court and absolve itself of  the charges it had once leveled against BJD and Congress.