September 13, 2014 2:20:04 am
The Naveen Patnaik government Friday accepted the resignation of Advocate General Ashok Mohanty, four months after he decided to step down.
Mohanty, who was appointed as AG in 2009, had submitted his resignation letter after Naveen was elected for the fourth consecutive term as CM in May.
Last year, Mohanty’s name cropped up over a controversial property deal with chit fund accused and chief of Artha Tatwa group Pradip Sethy. The deal was finalised when the Orissa Police were on the lookout for Sethy who had allegedly duped lakhs of depositors. The AG is reported to have taken possession of the property in Cuttack from Sethy on March 22, 2013 when several criminal cases were already registered against the latter. Sources said the government accepted the resignation as itdid not want to be embarrassed by the prospect of its AG being grilled by the CBI, probing the chit fund scam.
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