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ED team to arrive in Odisha soon to trace money trail in chit fund scam

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 10:

A team from the Enforcement Directorate (ED), headed by a deputy director, would soon arrive in Odisha to trace the missing links in the money trail of the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam in the state, informed sources said today.

Special Director, Enforcement Directorate (ED) Yogesh Gupta
Special Director, Enforcement Directorate (ED) Yogesh Gupta

The decision to enlarge the scope of the investigation into the chit fund scam, follows the visit of the special director, ED Yogesh Gupta to the state today.

During his stay, Gupta took stock of the progress of the probe so far, the sources said.

News of the ED’s decision to enlarge the scope of its investigation has sent shivers down the spine of ruling party politicians, many of whom are already reeling under the impact of the CBI investigation into the case.

During his stock taking exercise today, Gupta reportedly found that the Odisha government has been stonewalling ED’s efforts to get to the bottom of the money trail in the scam every step of the way.

“Forget the CBI and ED. The government has adopted a policy of total non-cooperation even with regard to the missive of Justice Arijit Pasayat, vice chairman of the Supreme Court appointed Special Investigation Team (SIT) on black money, asking for information,” a source familiar with the case told OST.

Meanwhile, Alok Jena, the petitioner in the case, met Gupta this afternoon in the company of his associate and RTI activist Jayanta Kumar Das and advocate Satyabrata Pradhan. During his hour-long meeting with the ED special director, Jena reportedly shared some crucial information with the latter regarding the money trail in the scam.

Jena and Das, it may be noted, had met ED Director Ranjan Katoch in New Delhi last Friday in connection with the chit fund scam probe.