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CBI probe neither impartial nor transparent, says ex Odisha AG after release from jail

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 26:

The CBI’s investigations as ‘neither impartial nor transparent’, former Odisha advocate general Ashok Mohanty said after his release from the Jharpada jail here this evening.

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The district and sessions court here had granted him bail earlier in the day.

“The CBI is neither impartial nor is it transparent. It has manufactured documents after my arrest on September 22. The CBI has recorded depositions of witnesses on those documents on September 23 after my arrest. I have been used by the CBI as a pawn in the political chess board to defame the government. It was done at somebody’s behest and I am going to expose the CBI,” Mohanty told reporters at the Jharpada jail after his release.

The former advocate general was given a rousing welcome by his supporters, mostly lawyers, at the jail gate.

The jail authorities released Mohanty after his counsel produced bail bond and other documents.

The Khordha district sessions court here had allowed Mohanty to go on bail against a surety of Rs one lakh and two bailers. The court has attached a condition to Mohanty’s release on bail by asking the former advocate general to co-operate with the CBI in its investigations

The former advocate general was in judicial custody after the special CBI court rejected his bail plea when he was produced in the court at the end of his two-day remand on Wednesday. Mohanty  was arrested by the CBI on Monday  for his alleged links with Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, a key player in the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam in Odisha.

The court allowed Mohanty to go on bail as the prosecution failed to prove the charge of criminal conspiracy (IPC 120-B) levelled against him. A battery of lawyers led by Asim Amitav Das pleaded the case on his behalf.

On Thursday, the Odisha High Court had asked Mohanty’s counsel to move the Khordha district sessions court for bail and directed the CBI to submit the case diary and related documents by the first half today.

The High Court had also directed the district sessions court in Bhubaneswar to take up the matter in the first half on Friday and give a copy of the verdict to Mohanty’s counsel by 1 pm.