Reported by Chinmaya Dehury
Bhubaneswar, Sep 25:
A day after the vigilance department of Odisha government lodged a case of financial irregularity against former DGP Prakash Mishra, the opposition Congress and BJP today smelled a conspiracy against the former DGP by the government.
“Chief minister Naveen Patnaik had appointed Mishra as DGP of the state in 2012. If he was involved in financial irregularities during his stint as CMD of Odisha Police Housing and Welfare Corporation (OPHWC) during 2006-2009, then how did the chief minister appoint him as DGP? The role of Patnaik has raised many eyebrows,” said leader of opposition Narasingh Mishra.
The Congress leader said the case against former DGP may have been filed deliberately and he may be a victim of conspiracy.
PCC president Jayadev Jena came down heavily alleging that it was an act of desperation on the part of the Naveen Patnaik government to prevent an Odia officer from becoming the CBI director.
The BJP also questioned the move of the government.
Senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra said the act reeked of ‘mala fide’. “It is an act of panic to prevent him from becoming the CBI chief,” he said.
“What was the government doing for the last five years? If the irregularities were committed during 2006 to 2009, the government could have lodged a case earlier. But, why now? The move of the government has raised doubts. Naveen Patnaik wants to show that bureaucrats, who fail to show allegiance to him, will have to face the music,” said senior BJP leader Suresh Pujari.
He said it is well known that the Naveen government was peeved with Mishra for his failure to do its bidding during the last elections. He was shunted out from his post as DGP and placed as CMD of OSRTC, a non important and non-police post. He was not allowed to move to the Centre on deputation either, Pujari pinted out.
BJP president KV Singhdeo also questioned the intention of Naveen Patnaik in registering vigilance case against Mishra, who is now serving as special secretary (internal security) in the Ministry of Home Affairs.