Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Jan 12:
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), probing into the mega chit fund scam, today conducted raids at around 25 places in and outside Odisha including houses of Balasore MP Rabindra Jena, Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Prabhat Biswal and former Naveen Nivas staff Saroj Sahu in connection with the Seashore Group chit fund scam.
According to reports, raids were conducted at six places in Balasore including Jena’s two houses, Biswal’s government quarters in Bhubaneswar and his house at Mahanadi Vihar in Cuttack, Sahu’s house here, hotel owner Kamalakanta Das’ house at Old Town here, house of a councillor of Choudwar Municipality and houses of some Seashore Group staff.
“The CBI had earlier questioned my wife over a land deal. The officials sought more information about it today. We are fully cooperating with CBI and have not done anything illegal,” said Prabhat Biswal.
Notably, MLA Biswal’s wife Laxmi Bilasini had appeared before the CBI on December 5 last year after the agency issued a notice to her for appearance.
On the other hand, MP Jena had presented himself before the CBI on December 10 last year after being summoned and was questioned for around seven hours over his alleged links with the tainted chit fund company.
As per sources close to the MP, Jena headed the ‘Supratik’ group of companies, which had lent an amount of Rs 18 crores to the Seashore Group in 2010. Seashore had paid back the lion’s share of the money, but still owed Rs 1.86 crores to him, the sources said.
Similarly, Saroj Sahu was interrogated by the CBI in November, 2014 for his alleged links with the company.
Notably, the Seashore Group has allegedly duped over 1.5 lakh small depositors in Odisha of over Rs 1,700 crore.