Cuttack: BJD’s Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Pravat Biswal, who was arrested by CBI in connection with the Seashore Group chit fund scam and later granted bail, has been discharged from the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Odisha’s Cuttack, where he was undergoing treatment.
The legislator will leave for New Delhi for further treatment, sources said.
“I returned home today after 9 months. I will meet my family members before going to New Delhi for treatment,” an evidently weak Biswal said speaking to reporters.
Reacting over being selected for the Pandit Nilakantha Samman (Best MLA award), Biswal said,” I have always worked with dedication. I came to know about the award today and feeling happy about it.”
It may be recalled here that the Orissa High Court had granted him conditional bail on June 26 against cash security of Rs 20 lakh and two solvent securities of Rs 5,000 each.
Notably, Biswal was arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in the wee hours of September 19, last year from his Mahanadi Vihar residence in Cuttack for his alleged complicity in the Seashore Group chit fund scam.
Later on September 25, as the health condition of the BJD lawmaker deteriorated, a panel of doctors comprising of Orthopaedic, Medicine, Surgery and Cardiology specialists treating him at the Capital Hospital recommended for his shifting to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. He was undergoing treatment at the hospital since then.
The legislator had undergone surgeries due to infection in his spinal cord and stomach.
The MLA was under scanner over a deal between his wife Laxmi Bilasini Biswal and Seashore Group CMD Prashant Dash over a piece of land measuring 34 gunths at Benapur mouza in Jajpur district.
Dash had paid Rs 25 lakh for the land by cheque in two installments to Laxmi Bilasini in April 2012. However, Dash had cancelled the deal later and had wanted his money back.
The MLA’s wife had claimed that she returned the money to Dash by cash and was in possession of an agreement reached between her and Dash on court paper in the matter.