Investors can file petitions in commission: Justice Patra

Bhubaneswar: A day after Odisha government naming Justice R K Patra as head of the commission of inquiry to probe into chitfund scam, the former Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court today said he would try his best to protect interest of the investors.
"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 said.
Justice Patra also said that the commission would make suggestions to make arrangements in order to ensure safety of depositors money in future.
Asked when the investors can file affidavits, Justice Patra said the work would start as soon as the state government provided required infrastructure.
He said police, politicians and people from all sections of the society can file affidavits before the commission.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had announced name of Justice Patra yesterday after the Orissa High Court informed the state government that no sitting judge could be spared to head the commission of inquiry.
The government has also decided to open cells in every district in the office of the superintendents of police (SP).
"SPs have been directed to meet complaints on regular basis," he said.
The commission will be asked to submit its report in three-months time, the state government said, adding that it would inquire into the activities of ponzi companies including Saradha, Seashore, Artha Tatwa and others.
Meanwhile, the commissionrate of police has submitted its chargesheet against the Artha Tatwa Group which allegedly duped investors of several crores. At least seven persons including AT Group's chairman Pradip Sethi has been named in the chargesheet, sources said.