Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 6:
Justice MM Das, who was appointed the new chief of the Commission of Inquiry appointed by the Odisha government to probe the chit fund scam in the state after the death of its former head Justice RK Patra, today urged investors not to panic about the volume of affidavits pending with the Commission.
In an interview to leading Odia news channel OTV, Justice Das said he would take adequate steps to identify small investors, who had deposited their money in the chit fund companies, and ensure that they get their money back.
If asked by the state government, the Commission would provide a list of small investors, Justice Das said.
“The Commission would submit a list of small investors, if the state government, through a specific reference, asks us to identify them on priority. I will take necessary steps in this regard,” he said.
But he made it clear that it would be easier for the Commission to make a list of small investors after digitization of the affdavits is completed, he said.
To a question on how the Commission is going to handle about 10 lakh affidavits, the new head of the Commission said this can be done through proper management by segregating investors on the basis of the district, the chit fund companies and the amount of investment so that an interim report on any of these parameters can be prepared and delivered if the state government asks for it.
Asked about the corpus fund announed by the state government to return the money to the duped depositors, he said; “Formation of the fund is the decision of the government; the Commission has nothing to with this.”
When asked about a possible change in the terms of reference (ToR) of Commission, Justice Das said he had received the ToR the state government issued to the Commissioner earlier and had noinformation on any additional ToR.
“But, I hope that the Commission might receive a specific reference as an agenda. If it comes, I will take steps accordingly,” said Justice Das.