As part of its ongoing investigation into the multi-crore chit fund scam in Orissa, CBI officials on Tuesday conducted raids at 18 places in and outside the state, including the Bhubaneswar and New Delhi residences of Pyarimohan Mohapatra, Rajya Sabha MP and former advisor to Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, over his links with Seashore Group.
Mohapatra, who fell out with Patnaik after his alleged coup attempts in May 2012, has been claiming that one third of BJD MLAs are involved in the scam. “I welcome the CBI investigation. It will dispel the impression that I have earned plenty of money from the scam. The raid would reveal who has looted the people of Orissa,” said Mohapatra, after the raid ended around noon. The house of Mohapatra’s personal assistant was also raided.
Houses of two retired IAS officers — Suresh Patnaik and PK Hota — were also raided by the CBI. The paternal residence of former commissioner of Cuttack Municipal Corporation Rabi Nanda was also raided. Residence of the late BJD leader and managing director of state-run Agriculture Promotion and Investment Corporation of Orissa Limited Balakrushna Rath in Bolangir district was also searched.
During the raid, CBI arrested one Subhankar Nayak and seized Rs14.63 lakh, two gold biscuits of 50 gm each and certain incriminating documents from him. Nayak was allegedly acting as a middleman between the Seashore chief and several bureaucrats.
Meanwhile, CBI today summoned secretary of Orissa Cricket Association Ashirbad Behera and several other officials of OCA and builder Satyabrata Dhir in connection with Artha Tatwa chit fund scam.