CBI raids RS MP Pyari Mohan’s residence

Bhubaneswar: A day after Enforcement Directorate (ED) questioned Rajya Sabha MP and Odisha Janmorcha (OJM) leader Pyarimohan Mohapatra, the CBI probing the multi-crore chit-fund scam in the state, searched his residence at Saheed Nagar in Bhubaneswar along with 22 other places of Odisha in connection with Seashore Group scam.

Although no official announcement has been made yet regarding raid on Mohapatra’s residence, reliable sources told OTV that CBI sleuths also carried out raids at 16 places including the OJM leader’s house in the State capital and four other places in Cuttack.

Pyari Mohan Mohapatra told media on CBI raid on his house. “I welcome CBI probe into my alleged links with Seashore Group. Raid on my house started at 7.45am. CBI has seized some documents pertaining to party matters”, Pyari said.

The searches also included the residence of another big head allegedly involved in the Seashore scam in Titilagarh, late B K Rath, former chairman of Agriculture Promotion & Investment Corporation of Odisha Limited (APICOL).

Notably, ED called the Rajya Sabha member over phone yesterday and interrogated him at its office about his alleged links with Seashore Group.

“I appeared before ED office here. They had called me over telephone last night. I stayed there for about two hours and 20 minutes and submitted some documents. I can’t reveal anything else as it will affect the investigation process,” Mohapatra told reporters yesterday.

Mohapatra’s appearance before the ED is significant as the MP had himself earlier revealed that Seashore Group CMD Prashant Dash had met him twice.

The OJM leader had earlier claimed that a state government official had brought Dash to his house at Saheed Nagar and the CMD assured him to set up a maize factory at Nabarangpur district.