Chit fund panel submits second interim report

Bhubaneswar: The Justice MM Das Commission of Inquiry, probing the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha, submitted its second interim report to the State government on Friday.

According to sources, secretary of the commission Debraj Rout submitted the second interim report to Home department Special Secretary Lalit Das at state secretariat here.

Talking to newsmen after submitting the report, Rout, said, “The probe panel has prepared the report on the basis of 61,212 of the more than eight lakh affidavits filed with it.”

“Money of as many as 1,124 depositors have been refunded so far,” Rout informed.

While complaints have been filed by the investors against as many as 174 money collecting agencies, 110 firms have been sent notice by the Commission to file reply.

Officials added, unable to find a proper address for communication, the probe panel has sought response from 65 companies through newspaper advertisement regarding their money collecting activities. It is learnt that the Economic Offences Wing of State Crime Branch has failed to provide information regarding 26 such companies which were active in Odisha a couple of years ago.

On May 25, the Commission had submitted its first report to the State government. The Commission recommended the process to refund money to small depositors duped by chit fund companies in the State.