Bhubaneswar: A day after the marathon interrogation of his political aide Dilip Mishra and BJD leader Prafulla Singh by the CBI in connection with the Seashore chit fund scam, School and Mass Education minister Debi Prasad Mishra today said he has no idea why the central investigating agency had called the duo for interrogation.
“Please don’t try to complicate this matter. I don’t know why the CBI had called them interrogation. I will get the details after I meet them today,” the visibly irritated minister told media persons here when asked about the matter.
Stating that CBI can interrogate anyone it wants to, the minister urged the investigating agency to present all the information it has on the boating projects on Mahanadi and the Atri project, which was taken up by the Seashore Group of Companies, in the public domain.
Reacting to the statement of Mishra, BJP state vice present Samir Mohanty said his party had been alleging close nexus of the state government with the Seashore Group.
He said Mishra, during his tenure as Culture and Tourism minister, had allowed Seashore to set up a boating project in Mahanadi along with a restaurant on the outskirts of Cuttack city. Besides, he had also given permission to the company to manage a government-run guest house at Atri in Khurda district. “All these bear ample testimony to the bonhomie the state government enjoyed with the Seashore Group,” he maintained.
“We have been repeatedly demanding that the CBI should probe the matter thoroughly and make it public. Since the Culture and Tourism department had signed MoU with the Seashore Group, the CBI needs to grill Mishra too,” Mohanty told the media.
Notably, the CBI had interrogated Dilip Mishra and former executive president of the Cuttack district unit of BJD Prafulla Singh yesterday in connection with the Seashore chit fund scam. While Dilip was interrogated for about two hours, Prafulla was grilled for nearly five hours.