Chitgate: Probe panel to receive complaints from today

Bhubaneswar: The RK Patra Commission of Inquiry, constituted by the Odisha Government last month to probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam will receive complaints from duped investors from today. The process will continue for four weeks.
 
As per the notification issued on Sunday in this regard, the commission stated that the complainants can send their grievances, documents, files etc. to substantiate charges against respective companies. While they can send these documents by post, the commission will also receive these in hand at the commission’s office in Cuttack.
 
The commission would conduct the first hearing on September 6, the notification said.
 
In the first week of July, the State Government appointed Justice RK Patra, retired chief justice of Assam High Court and former chairman of Odisha Human Rights Commission to head the probe panel after the Odisha High Court informed the Odisha Government that no sitting judge could be spared to head the commission of inquiry.
 
Soon after the appointment Justice Patra had said, "I will also try to identify politicians or bureaucrats, if any, involved in this illegal activities. This is part of the term and reference of the commission of inquiry."

Justice Patra also said that the commission would make suggestions to make arrangements in order to ensure safety of depositors' money in future.

 
Earlier, the State Government announced Rs 300 crore corpus fund to give relief to the gullible investors after it estimated that as many as 650,000 investors were duped of Rs 4,375 crore between January 2012 and June 2013 by chit fund companies operating in the state.