CBI’s stop-go probe into chit fund scam raises questions

Bhubaneswar: Even after summons from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in connection with Seashore chit fund scam, BJD MLAs Arun Sahoo and Atanu Nayak didn’t appear before the agency. Odisha Police had also issued notices to BJP leaders Golak Mohapatra and Bhrugu Buxipatra soon after CBI summons to the BJD leader. While CBI’s move was quite surprising for many given a prolonged hiatus prior, its quiescence now has raised many eyebrows.

While Congress has raised questions over the silence of both the CBI and the Odisha Police, BJD and BJP have hit back at each other.

Senior Congress leader Panchanan Kanungo alleged that CBI is being misused to forge a secret alliance between the BJD and the BJP. “What has CBI done against Saroj Sahu, who reportedly had links with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO)? Investigative agencies are being used for vested political interests,” he added.

Responding on the matter, BJD spokesperson Sasmit Patra said that “People are well aware of those who are misusing the CBI. Elections are round the corner and people of Odisha will give a befitting reply to the BJP.”

“CBI is the premier investigative agency and we have nothing to do with it. Even one Saroj Sahu, who had links with the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) was interrogated by CBI,” said State BJP vice-president Samir Mohanty.

The CBI has been investigating the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha for the last four years.

Jayant Das, convenor of Chit Fund Depositors’ Association, said that investors should not be misled. “From February 19, all the investors will take to streets demanding their money,” said Das.