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Odisha chit fund scam: From Debasis to Saroj, Subhankar had links with all those who matter

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Sambalpur, Nov 27:
Subhankar Nayak, the fixer arrested by the CBI on November 18 in connection with the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha, had strong links in political and bureaucratic circles.
Pic: Biswaranjan Mishra
Pic: Biswaranjan Mishra

According to sources, Nayak was a student of GM College, Sambalpur, who went on to become the general secretary of the Students Union of the college.

While he was general secretary of the union, he came in contact with senior BJD leader and former Sports and Youth Affairs minister Debasis Nayak through a senior lecturer of the college who had once taught Debasis. Subhankar soon became very close to Debasis.

It was Nayak, who brought Subhankar’s to Bhubaneswar, where his fortunes changed dramatically.

Sources said he had unrestricted entry to the house of former BJD leader and Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, who was the second-in-command in the BJD at that time.

Later, he came in contact with Saroj Sahu, the closest aide of chief minister Naveen Patnaik, who was recently interrogated by the CBI in connection with the mega chit fund scam in the Seashore Group of Companies. He also had close links with several SPs and district collectors of Sambalpur and its neighbouring districts.
A native of Mudipada area of Sambalpur, Nayak had considerable influence in the Bhubaneswar Commissionerate of Police.

Besides, he had close contacts with a senior IPS officer and former DIG, Northern Range and a former collector of Sambalpur. Two other IPS officers, who, during their tenure as SDPO and additional SP in Sambalpur, were also very close to Nayak.

It is also said that the wife of a senior IPS officer had adopted Subhankar as her foster brother (dharma bhai).

Nayak’s arrest has become the hottest topic among the people in Sambalpur and other places where he had exercised his influence,