Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar: Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday summoned senior BJD leader and Balasore MP Rabindra Jena and MLA Prabhat Biswal’s wife Bilasini Biswal in connection with multi-crore Seashore chit fund scam.

According to sources, the central probe agency has summoned the duo asking them to appear before it within two days.

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CBI had earlier quizzed Jena in connection with Seashore chit fund scam.

Sources said the CBI has got the evidence on the complicity of Jena and Laxmi Bilasini in their business with the Seashore Group.

The notice by the Central investigating agency, which came a day after the visit of BJP National President Amit Shah, has intensified speculations in the political circles.

Notably, the CBI, in course of its investigation, had come to know about the agreement signed between the Seashore Group and the state government to set up a number of projects. Later, it had interrogated former BJD heavyweight Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, Saroj Sahu, personal assistant of chief minister Naveen Patnaik and the political aide of minister Debi Prasad Mishra.

However, with the fresh notice served by the CBI on Jena and Laxmi Bilasini, accusations and counter accusations among the political parties have started.

“The normal procedure of the CBI is that it will not call any influential person until it has sufficient evidence. Since it has got evidence, it has asked the two persons to appear before it for interrogation and the BJP has nothing more to say about this,” BJP leader Prithviraj Harichandan said.

On the other hand, leader of the Opposition Narasingh Mishra said, the CBI is not proceeding with its investigation as expected. “Going by its mode of investigation, it seems that the Central investigation agency is not giving much emphasis to its investigation in this case due to some reasons,” he pointed out.

In his reaction, BJD spokesperson Amar Prasad Satpathy said let there be investigation. “But the CBI should investigate within its purview without any political compulsion and acrimony,” he added.

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