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Odisha CM, Speaker involved in criminal cases: BJP

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Nov 30:

Launching a scathing attack on Speaker Niranjan Pujari for his handling of the proceedings of the House during the ongoing winter session of the Odisha Assembly, senior BJP leader Bijay Mohapatra today said the Speaker had introduced a black chapter in the history of the August House with his undemocratic ruling disallowing a debate on the chit fund scam.

Pic: Biswaranjan Mishra
Pic: Biswaranjan Mishra

“In unnecessarily seeking the opinion of the advocate general (AG) on an issue on which he was competent to give a ruling on his own, the Speaker has proved that it is the AG who is running the Aassembly and not he,” Mohapatra said addressing the media here today.

“Can one really expect the AG, who was the counsel of the Seashore in the past, to recommend a discussion on the chit fund scam, which would inevitably involve a discussion on Seashore, in the House?” he asked.

Levelling a serious charge against Pujari, Mohapatra said a committee headed by the RDC, Western Range, acting on a directive by the Supreme Court, had directed the Subarnapur SP on May 17, 2014 to register a criminal case against ‘former Binika MLA Niranjan Pujari’ for having given a false Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificate to one Gobardhan Karte in 2011.

“I have reasons to believe that the former Binika MLA and the present Speaker are the same person,’ he said.

Turning his attention to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, Mohapatra said the interrogation of Saroj Sahu, his personal aide, had proved the direct complicity of the Chief Minister in the chit fund scam.

“After the revelations about the wrong doings of Seashore group came to the fore, the Chief Minister had himself made arrangements for sending Seashore chief Prasahant Dash to Mumbai via Kolkata with full police protection through officers of the Home department, which is directly under him,” the BJP leader alleged.

“The people of the state are eagerly waiting to see what steps the Speaker and the Chief Minister, who are implicated in criminal cases, are taking to uphold the glory of their respective posts,” Mohapatra said.