Odisha Sun Times Bureau
New Delhi, Sept 29:
The petitioner in the Odisha chit fund scam case in the Supreme Court Alok Jena today said he submitted documents and information relating to the involvement of senior Odisha IAS and IPS officers as well as ruling party politicians to the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) and the Home Ministry.
Jena, who was accompanied by RTI activist Jayant Das, said he had many reasons and some concrete evidence to suspect that at least 6 IAS officers and 7 IPS officers of the state not only helped the ponzi firms to expand their business but were also the major beneficiaries of the illegal money circulation.
Jena and Das alleged a senior IPS officer, who was forwarded the March 2011 letter sent by the Central Economic Intelligence Bureau of department of Revenue functioning under the Ministry of Finance, seeking action against the Seashore Group in May 2011, simply sat over it, thus allowing the ponzi firm to continue with its illegal business.
They alleged that the highest in the state administration and people close to them were involved in the scam and that the CBI is now checking their call records to establish their links with the ponzi firm bosses.
They also alleged that the state Co-operative department played a dubious role and promoted the Artha Tatwa group without the mandatory checks. They said one of the ‘accused’ IPS officers, who is on a Central deputation now, is under the CBI scanner for huge accumulation of landed property in the Nayagarh district.
Jena said he will move the apex court at the appropriate time to ensure a fair investigation in the chit fund scam and also that the biggies involved in it are exposed and punished.