The winter session of Orissa Assembly got off to a stormy start with the Opposition targeting the government over the multi-crore chit fund scam, and a BJP MLA accusing agriculture minister Pradeep Maharathy of using unparliamentary words against her when she was protesting in the House.
Soon after the Assembly convened, Congress MLAs, carrying placards berating CM Naveen Patnaik over the alleged involvement of BJD leaders in the scam, started raising slogans in the Well. BJP MLAs too joined them. As BJP MLA Radharani Panda suggested the scam would lead to BJD’s demise, Maharathy allegedly used unparliamentary words against her.
“Maharathy made unacceptable remarks. His words were derogatory and it was humiliating,” said Panda. “If a woman MLA’s dignity is not protected in the Assembly, what about the women across the state?,” she asked.
Amid the din, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House.
An unapologetic Maharathy, however, said he had only advised the BJP MLA to mind her “daughter’s marriage” and not get into debates on chit fund. “She might have heard something wrong amidst the din,” he said, adding that the Speaker can check the recording of the House.
Meanwhile, the state government in its supplementary Budget tabled, announced a corpus fund of Rs 300 crore for the investors duped by the ponzi firms.
Chit fund scam: CBI searches journalist’s house, seizes papers
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BHUBANESWAR: Two days after conducting raids at 18 places in Orissa and outside, CBI on Thursday evening raided the premises of senior journalist Lalit Pattajoshi over his links with chit fund firm Seashore.
CBI officials reached the government quarter of Pattajoshi, a consulting editor with Oriya daily Pragativadi, in the evening and continued to interrogate him over his Seashore chit fund links. The raid on Pattajoshi’s premises came after CBI arrested broker Subhankar Nayak from an apartment in Bhubaneswar.
Nayak, from whose home Rs 14.63 lakh in cash, two gold biscuits carrying the logo of Seashore were seized, during Tuesday’s raids, reportedly acted as a go-between among the firm, several IPS and IAS officers and Pattajoshi. An official said they have seized bank passbook and some other documents belonging to Pattajoshi and were probing his link with the scam.
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