Odisha govt extends term of chit fund inquiry commission

Bhubaneswar: Justice R K Patra Commission, probing the multi-crore chit fund scam, has been granted an extension of six months by the Odisha government.
"On the basis of the Commission's letter to the Home Department, the state government on Friday issued an order and gave another six months period to submit the report," said Justice Patra.
Notably, the government had appointed Justice Patra, a former Chief Justice of Sikkim High Court, to head the one-man panel to identify individuals and entities involved in unauthorised collection of public deposits on July 9. The Commission was asked to submit report within three months.
"We expect the number of affidavits will be around 10 lakhs as complainants have filed multiple complaints in one envelope," Justice Patra added. The Commission had extended its deadline thrice to receive affidavits from investors till October 31 as several people expressed their desire to submit their statements.
For a thorough probe the commission would send notices to companies against which allegations are being made, he added.
Besides, Justice Patra has also urged the state government to appoint more employees to assist the Commission in carrying out the work of sorting out and arranging the affidavits.