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Chit fund scam: Naveen’s personal aide grilled by CBI

Saroj Sahu
Bhubaneswar, November 22: In a major embarrassment to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, his personal aide and political programme coordinator Saroj Sahu on Saturday was quizzed by the CBI for one and half an hour in connection with the mega chit fund scam.

Sahu's appearance before the CBI sleuths in the midst of the ongoing probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam is seen by many as a major jolt for the Chief Minister as he mostly operates from Naveen Nivas, the Chief Minister’s residence.

Sahu entered the CBI office at around 2.30 pm and came out at 4 pm. After the interrogation, he declined to say anything beyond claiming that he was in no way involved in the chit fund scam.
“I replied to the queries of the investigating officials,” said Sahu adding that he is in no way involved in the chit fund scam.

Source said Sahu was summoned and interrogated about the Seashore Group of Companies on the basis of certain information obtained during the grilling of broker Subhankar Nayak, who had been arrested by the central agency on November 18 in connection with the ponzi scheme scandal.

Sahu is the coordinator of the Chief Minister’s programmes and works from Naveen Nivas, the latter’s residence and also from the BJD State party office at Unit VI area.

Sahu's signature even figures in statements and press releases issued by the BJD, Sources said he coordinates the CM's programmes and mostly operates from Naveen Nivas.

Naveen Patnaik is facing the heat of chit fund scam like never before as at least three prominent leaders of his party, including an MP and an MLA have been arrested so far by the CBI. 

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