Ex Congress MP deposes before riot panel
Denying having any role in the Kandhamal riots of 2008, he said "For most part between 2004 and 08, I stayed in New Delhi and have no role in the riots." Naik, during cross examination denied that he was a Christian and claimed that he was a dalit Hindu and had never converted.
He said disclosed that his wife was a Christian and their marriage was solemnized in 1960 in a church at Sambalpur under Christian customs. He stated that his two daughters married Christians while his son has married a Russian girl.