Chit Fund scam: Senior CBI official transferred

Bhubaneswar: Eyebrows have been raised over the sudden transfer of a senior CBI official of the DSP rank.

According to reports, CBI DSP RN Tripathy, who had been probing into the mega chit fund scam in the Seashore Group of Companies, has been transferred to Jodhpur with immediate effect.

Some of the pertinent questions raised from various quarters are: Has Tripathy been relieved of his investigation into the Seashore scam following the involvement of top political leaders and senior bureaucrats? Were the CBI authorities not satisfied with his investigation? Was Tripathy not in good terms with his senior officials? Had the investigation during Tripathy’s tenure slowed down?

It may be recalled that a team of CBI officials, led by Tripathy, had raided the house of 18 officials of the Seashore Group including its CMD Prasant Das on June 18, 2014. Among the houses raided by the CBI officials, include Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, two retired IAS officers, some traders and the main broker of chit fund money trail, Subhankar Nayak.

The Central investigating agency, during a raid on Subhankar’s house, had seized a diary from his possession which had the names of some top IAS and IPS officers.

On the basis of the information from the diary, the CBI had later grilled senior scribe Lalit Patjoshi, Rajya Sabha member Pyari Mohan Mohapatra, MP Rabindra Jena, MLA Pravat Biswal and his wife, well-known conman of power corridor Saroj Sahu and two IPS officers Rajesh Kumar and Satish Gajviye.

While the CBI has completed one year of its investigation into the Seashore chit fund scam and submitted a charge-sheet, the sudden transfer of the CBI DSP has triggered speculation that the state government has pressurized the higher ups to get rid of him.