Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bolangir, Sept 12:
Leader of Opposition and former law minister Narasingha Mishra has urged the CBI to probe the role of BJD president and Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in the chit fund scam which has robbed 25 lakh people of their savings.
Talking to reporters here, Mishra said with the CBI questioning several BJD leaders and the media exposing the patronage given by the ruling party to the fraud chit fund companies, skeletons are tumbling out of the BJD cupboard almost on a daily basis.
Referring to reports in newspapers and Odia news channels on the arrested chit fund scam accused Ranjan Das accompanying BJD vice president and MP Kalpataru Das with the ‘nomination papers’ of Naveen Patnaik, Mishra said
a man is known by the company he keeps and insisted that the CBI inquires into the support and patronage that people like Ranjan Das had received from the state government and the chief minister.
“The CM can no longer feign ignorance or say he does not know the scam accused persons,” the Leader of Opposition.
The state government had tried its best to stall a CBI probe while fighting a case in the Supreme Court because it was aware of the direct involvement of the BJD leaders in the scam and the protection and patronage extended by them to chit fund companies, he charged.