Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 28:
As part of its ongoing investigation into the Odisha chit fund scam, the CBI has sent the purported agreement between Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Pravat Biswal’s wife Lami Bilasini and Seashore group chief Prashant Dash for the sale of a piece of land belonging to her on the Panikoili-Keonjhar road in Jajpur district to the forensic laboratory.
The document was sent to the CBI’s forensic lab for verification of Dash’ signature, CBI sources said.
Laxmi Bilasini has claimed that Seashore had signed an agreement with her for purchase of 32.5 gunthas of land in her name at Benapur on the side of Panikoili-Keonjhar road in Jajpur district before the notary in Bhubaneswar on May 11, 2011. The deal was finalized at Rs 29.25 lakh at the rate of Rs 90,000 per gunth of land, she has said.
After the deal, the Seashore had made an advance payment of Rs 25 lakh to Laxmi Bilasini in two instalments. However, the land was neither registered and nor handed over to the Seashore, she told the media recently.
On his part, Pravat had told the media that Seashore had delayed the land registration by over one year.
On April 25, 2012, stamp papers worth Rs 32,600 were purchased from the sub-registrar’s office, Jajpur Road which were signed by the land owner Laxmi Bilasini, Seashore chief Prashant Das and advocates of both the parties.
Despite this, the registration of the land could not be completed as Seashore was told that the registration would be made only after payment of the remaining Rs 4.25 lakh.
But after the events of May 29, when Pravat’s erstawhile mentor Pyari Mohan Mohapatra staged a failed coup against Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Seashore informed Pravat about its unwillingness to go ahead with the deal and asked him to return the advance money it had given to his wife, the Choudwar-Cuttack MLA’s wife had claimed.
Later, on July 20, 2012, the two parties to the deal entered into an agreement on a stamp paper for the return of the money.
Pravat’s wife has claimed she was given Rs 25 lakh by Seashore through two cheques. But as the company demanded the refund in cash, she made the payment in cash.
However, CBI officials, tracing the Seashore’s money trail, are not satisfied with couple’s statement and the documents they had presented since there is no receipt establishing the return of money by Biswal to the Seashore. Besides, the Central investigation agency is suspicious of the validity of the agreement on refund of money signed between Biswal and Seashore.