Saswat Singhdeo

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will once again issue summons to BJD MLAs Arun Sahoo and Atanu Nayak in connection with Seashore chit fund scam.

A senior official of the CBI informed that as the duo failed to appear before the investigation agency after the first notice, they will be served notice for the second time. The CBI official added that both the MLAs have failed to depose individually before the agency after the first notice. The MLAs were summoned to appear separately on January 28 and January 29.

As per reports, both the MLAs were served notices after the CBI got some vital leads regarding their involvement in the Seashore chit fund scam. Both the MLAs are yet to respond on the issue.

"If they don't appear before the CBI then it is disobedience of court for which there is a particular section under the IPC," former police DG Bipin Bihari Mishra said.

On the other hand, Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan targeted Odisha govt over police notice to two BJP leaders soon after the CBI issued notices to the BJD MLAs. "Naveen Patnaik’s police can get anybody arrested and people of Odisha want chit fund scamsters should be punished," Pradhan said.

Senior BJD leader and minister Pratap Jena termed Pradhan's statements absurd and questioned the Union Minister about the persons who sheltered the murderers of Chhatrapur councillor Laxmidutta Pradhan.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Orissa High Court had granted anticipatory bail to BJD MP Rabindra Jena in connection with the Seashore chit fund scam. Earlier in September 2017, the CBI had arrested BJD’s Cuttack-Choudwar MLA Pravat Ranjan Biswal in connection with the Seashore chit fund scam. Later, he was granted bail by the Orissa High Court in June 2018.