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Odisha chit fund scam: Petitioner Alok Jena to meet CBI chief today

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 23:

Alok Jena, the petitioner in the Odisha chit fund scam, will meet CBI director Ranjit Sinha in New Delhi at 5 pm today. He will be accompanied by his associate and RTI activist Jayanta Das during the meeting.

Alok Jena
Alok Jena

Jena had sought an appointment with the CBI director to apprise him of certain roadblocks that he said are hindering the probe into the multi thousand crore scam.

“I want to draw the attention of the CBI director to two things. First, as many as 11 MPs, MLAs and ministers are not responding to the CBI summons served on them. The Speaker of the Assembly is sitting over the CBI’s request for permission to question the MLAs and is reportedly waiting for the green signal from the Chief Minister. But as far as I know, the sanction of the Speaker is not required for the CBI to question MLAs,” Jena told OST over phone from New Delhi.

“Secondly, we also want to apprise him of the fact that the engagement of two lawyers – SK Padhi, a relative of arrested former advocate general Ashok Mohanty and V Narasingh, his junior – is hindering the case,” the activist added.

The CBI, it may be noted, has already initiated the process to dispense with the services of the two lawyers and to appoint new lawyers in their place.

Later in the evening, Jena and Das are also scheduled to meet senior counsel and the amicus curie in the case Shyam Divan and apprise him of the international dimensions of the chit fund scam in general and the need to get Mir Shahiruddin, the managing director of Green Ray International Limited (GRIL) extradited from Nigeria expeditiously.

The Nigerian authorities have already seized Shahiruddin’s passport and have refused to extend his short term visa after a request from Indian authorities.