The Orissa home department has suspended a deputy superintendent of police in the special task force of Criminal Investigations Department (CID) over allegations of threatening a petitioner who sought a direction from the SC for a CBI probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam.
Home secretary Vipin Saxena suspended Pramod Panda, pending an inquiry into allegations he threatened to ‘eliminate’ Alok Jena, who filed a petition in the SC seeking a CBI inquiry.
In Orissa, more than 8 lakh investors were reportedly defrauded by chit fund companies. Panda is not the investigating officer in the chit fund case being investigated by CID.
Sources said Panda went to Delhi two days before the SC bench were to hear the petition. Panda introduced himself as a West Bengal Police officer to residents of Jena’s colony and tried to get information about Jena, but failed to do so. When the society president got suspicious and threatened to call police, Panda left. The activities were captured on CCTV camera. A day later, when Jena was waiting near the SC, Panda allegedly told Jena he had invited trouble by filing the writ petition.
On January 22, a day after SC ordered a CBI probe, Panda reportedly came to SC and threatened to eliminate Jena and his family if he did not withdraw the petition. When Jena started shouting, lawyers and journalists gathered. Panda ran away.