CBI exposes Seashore nexus with top babus

Bhubaneswar: More skeletons are likely to tumble out of CBI’s cupboard after the chargesheet filed by the Central investigating agency in connection with the chit fund scam mentioned that Suvankar Nayak, aide of Seashore group chief Prashant Dash, had ‘close links’ with senior police officers and bureaucrats of the State government.

Though the 276-page chargesheet did not name any politician or bureaucrat interrogated by the agency, it has noted that Nayak, a political conduit, was facilitating running of Dash’s illegal business of Seashore group by maintaining his good relationship with the top babus and cops.

“…Investigation has further revealed that during the search at the residence of Shri Suvankar Nayak several incriminating documents showing his close nexus with accused Prashanta Kumar Dash and with different senior police officers and bureaucrats of govt of Odisha were seized including cash of Rs 14,63,450.00, two gold biscuits of 50 gm each etc.,” the chargesheet read.

It further said, “From the evidence collected in the case it is well established that accused Suvankar Nayak has emerged as one of the chains o criminal conspiracy channelisation of illegally collected money by Seashore group of companies and thereby facilitating the running of illegal business of Seashore group.”

Besides, the preliminary chargesheet which accused the company of swindling investors to the tune of Rs 578.20 crore, also alleged that Nayak was acting as protection to the company’s illegal activities.

“…Further it is established that he (Nayak) had good link with senior police officers and bureaucrats by using which he was extending protection to the illegal acts of Shri Prashanta Dash and Seashore Group,” the chargesheet said.

The agency said that through six Group companies/Co-operatives including Seashore Funds management Pvt. Ltd and Seashore Securities Ltd., the company accumulated more than Rs 587 crore.