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Odisha chit fund scam: CBI quizzes CMC deputy secretary


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Nov 12:

As part of its investigation into the role of bureaucrats in the great Odisha chit fund scam, the CBI today interrogated Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Deputy Secretary Nirmal Chandra Nayak over the memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed by CMC with the Seashore Group in 2011.


During his long hour appearance before the CBI, Nayak reportedly submitted the details of the MoU signed between CMC and the Seashore Group in 2011 for electrification and beautification of the Ring Road in Cuttack city. He said there was no written declaration from the side of the company regarding its budget for the project, CBI sources said quoting him.

The next bureaucrat the CBI is likely to summon is ex Sunabeda divisional head and the former Nabarangpur Collector for allowing IDCO to sign an MOU with Seashore for over 58.83 acres of land located in Papadahandi Tehsil of Nabarangpur district on a 99-year lease at the rate of Rs 50,000 per acre, besidesRs 25,87,128 towards other costs.

On 28 May, 2011 an agreement was signed between the State Government and IDCO for setting up of a maize processing unit in Papadahandi for which 58.83 acres of land was located in Papadahandi Tehsil. IDCO acted as the middle agency to provide the piece of land to the company from the district administration.

The questions that the CI wants answers to are: whether the state government did due diligence before handing over the land to the company? whether the MoU was signed in a fair and transparent manner? and why was such a large piece of land allotted to the company by IDCO?