Rashmi Ranjan

The Opposition BJP and Congress came down heavily on the ruling BJD government alleging its link in the fake certificate racket operating in Odisha.

Launching a scathing attack on the ruling BJD, BJP leader and Opposition Chief Whip Mohan Majhi displayed photographs of the prime accused in fake certificate case, Manoj Mishra with former Minister Susanta Singh and alleged a big conspiracy.

Mishra was operating the racket under the patronage of the government and doing frauds to the tune of crores of rupees, the saffron party leader alleged.

“Several BJD leaders are involved in the racket. Manoj Mishra was easily operating the syndicate with the help from Susanta Singh. The racket has spread its roots to different districts even outside Odisha,” Majhi alleged.

“The Odisha government is shielding the prime accused. The picture of the Mishra and Singh speak volumes,” he added.

Echoing similar views, senior Congress leader Narasingha Mishra alleged the racket was going on under the patronage of the ruling party and demanded the Speaker to call for an all party meeting over the sensitive matter.

"A former minister is involved in the racket and it was going on under the patronage of the ruling party," Mishra alleged.

Commenting on the development, BJD said the allegations by the Opposition are baseless.

“No BJD leader has any kind of link in the fake certificate racket. No matter what happens in the State, they allege BJD’s involvement. This has became a habit of the Opposition. ” BJD MLA, Bhagirathi Sethi said.

A fake education racket having pan-India links was busted in Bolangir and around 1,000 to 5,000 fake certificates were seized from a coaching centre named Reliance Education Institute. 

All the certificates looked almost similar to the original ones with properly printed holograms and logos, informed sources. So far, 19 persons including the owner of the educational institution have been arrested in connection with the case.

(Reported by Harihar Chand, OTV)