Bhubaneswar: Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today withdrew suspension of Banki MLA Pravat Tripathy from the party, after around three years of its imposition.
The legislator was suspended from the conch party after getting arrested by the CBI in connection with the financial fraud by chit fund firm Artha Tatwa Group, a major player in the chit fund scam in Odisha.
Tripathy was arrested by the central agency on October 31, 2014 after the CBI grilled him multiple times.
As per a chargesheet filed by the CBI, Tripathy had received Rs 42 lakh from the tainted company in return for the patronage extended to it.
Tripathy, in the capacity of president of Odisha Cooperative Union from 2008 to 2011, had used his clout over the Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies to register the cooperative society ‘Artha Tatwa Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Limited’ at short notice, the charge sheet said.