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Odisha chit fund scam: CBI unearths Seashore-CMC link


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 21:

During the course of its ongoing probe into the mega chit fund scam in Odisha, the CBI has found concrete evidence on the close nexus between the Seashore Group of Companies with senior officials of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC).


While the CBI has come to know that Seashore had provided cars to the CMC officials during the All India Mayors’ Conference in 2011, the latter had not provided any information to the CBI during questioning.

The CBI has found that the Seashore had provided more than 15 Tata Indigo cars and Scorpio SUVs to CMC officials during the three-day conference from its own travel unit.

All junior engineers of the CMC were provided with these vehicles while the mechanical junior engineer had sanctioned fuel for these vehicles.

The CBI is now investigating the reason behindSeashore supplying these vehicles to the CMC.

According to reports, CMC had entrusted Dotted Line, an event management company to organise the three-day conference held at Shahid Bhawan in Cuttack on January 7, 8 and 9, which was attended by Mayors from several states including Cuttack, Bhubaneswar and Brahmapur.

CBI has found that the CMC had not spent a single penny from its account for the mega event.

It is revealed that companies like Ramki, Seashore and Selvel, some banks and companies dealing in hoardings, which had business ties with the Seashore, had invested the money for the event.

Seashore had provided the required money from its account and vehicles from its own travels unit based on a letter written to it by CMC.

These spanking new vehicles were used for the visit of the guests to various tourist places for which CMC had engaged a junior engineer as guide for these guests in every vehicle.

While the Mechanical junior engineer had sanctioned fuel for these vehicles, it is not known on whose order he had sanctioned the fuel and how much fuel was used to ferry the guests.

It is still not known as to who had hosted the dinner for these guests at the Odisha Tourism Development Corporation (OTDC) on January 9 and who had borne the expenses in the two friendly cricket matches between the Commissioner’s XI and Mayor’s XI at Barabati stadium in Cuttack in 2011 and 2012.