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Chit fund scam: CBI must interrogate Naveen before he destroys evidences, demands Narasingha

Bhubaneswar, November 23: Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Narasingha Mishra on Sunday said the CBI, investigating into the mega chit fund scam, should interrogate Patnaik before he destroys evidences.

Expressing satisfaction over the ongoing CBI probe in which one ruling BJD MLA and MP has been arrested and a close aide of Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik has been quizzed, Mishra told mediapersons that arrests and interrogation made to BJD leaders so far provide enough evidence to interrogate the Chief Minister.

“The CBI is now at the doorstep of the Chief Minister as it quizzed his close aide Saroj Kumar Sahoo. Hence, the Central probe agency should investigate the role of the CM and interrogate him before he could destroy evidences,” added Mishra.

Terming Patnaik as the main villain in the chit fund scam episode, Mishra said the Chief Minister who had expelled many of his leaders and Ministers under the charge of shadow of corruption and believes in law as he often says that law will take it own course, must apply the same method on him.
Demanding that senior Cabinet Minister has already admitted that Seashore Group of Companies had got political and Government patronage to which the Chief Minister is yet to respond, Mishra said, 

“The Chief Minister is yet to deny the remark of Damodar Rout. That means the fraudulent company has got Government patronage.”

He also urged the CBI to record the statement of Rout.

He slammed the Chief Minister for attending programmes of various chit fund companies particularly of Seashore Group which instill confidence among common masses to invest their hard earned money in these companies, despite Central Government and RBI warnings.

“The State Government was opposed to a CBI probe and had excluded six companies like Seashore, AT, Astha and Nava Diganta, which were added by the Supreme Court tells the entire story,” said Mishra.

These six companies have political links. Now it was clear that why the State Government had argued in the apex court to exclude six chit fund firms from CBI probe, added Mishra. 

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