was during a raid in July this year, CBI had seized about the Rs 28 lakh worth
of cash from the Rairangpur residence of Hansda, which Hansda claimed as his
‘own money’ kept for renovation of his house.
Earlier, Pranab Balabantaray, another ruling party MLA, was also summoned by the
CBI for interrogation. It is believed that CBI may interrogate several more
senior leaders of the party, some of whom are even in the council of Ministers
of Naveen Patnaik, in this connection.
arrest of Pravat Tripathy not only established political link in the mega chit
fund scam but also unsurfaced links of BJD leaders in the scam. The fresh
development in the investigation would largely tarnish the image of Naveen
Patnaik government, which time and again claims to be a transparent government.
Though involvement of ruling party leaders in several other scams including the
huge mining scam has been alleged, this is the first time that a leader of the
BJD party, who again is a sitting MLA, is arrested by the central investigating
agency for alleged link with a chit fund operator and the multi crore rupees