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Petitioner in chit fund case in SC seeks Odisha Governor’s intervention

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Odisha Sun Times Bureau

Bhubaneswar, Mar 23 :

Social activist and petitioner in the Chit Fund Scam case in the Supreme Court Alok Jena and his wife Kalpana Jena have appealed to the  Governor of Odisha Dr SC Jamir to order a proper and impartial inquiry into their complaint against a Crime Branch DSP who had intimidated them repeatedly and even threatened to eliminate their family while they were in Delhi for the hearing of the PIL on chit fund scam in the Supreme Court.

Alok Jena & wife Kalpana submitting petitions to Governor Dr SC Jamir
Alok Jena & wife Kalpana submitting petitions to Governor Dr SC Jamir

In two separate petitions submitted to the Governor on March 21, Alok and his wife Kalpana have demanded a probe into the matter and alleged that the state government is trying to hush up the matter by resorting to falsehood.

In his petition Alok Jena  has said he had filed two FIRs with the Dwarka and Tilak Nagar police in Delhi on January 19 and 22 respectively against the Crime Branch DSP Pramod Panda  for barging into his apartment in his absence by pretending to be a CB official from West Bengal and then threatening to get him killed.

He has said that while the DSP has been placed under suspension for his conduct in New Delhi, the state government, which had sent him to the national capital on official duty, is now disowning him and taking the plea that he had gone there on his own on a private trip.

Jena claimed he had clinching evidence to prove that DSP Panda along with another DSP Saroj Rath, who is the respondent on behalf of the state government in the chit fund case being adjudicated by the apex court, was sent to Delhi on an official assignment by people who have now decided  to disown him.

He has appealed to the Governor to order an inquiry into the case to find out why the state government is unwilling to concede that the DSP was sent on official duty .

In her petition, Kalpana, wife of Alok Jena has claimed that she has evidence to prove that the man who called her on her mobile phone and threatened to eliminate her family is none other than the Crime Branch DSP Pramod Panda.  She has alleged that Panda had asked her to tell her husband not to take the name of a certain senior police officer in connection with the chit fund scam or face dire consequences.

It may noted here that Alok Jena’s  PIL demanding a CBI probe into the huge chit fund scam in Odisha is in its final stage of hearing in the Supreme Court. Senior lawyer Suresh Chandra Tripathy who is Jena’s counsel in the case has already drawn the attention of the court to the threats his client and his family have received from the Odisha Crime Branch DSP.