CBI summons two BJD MLAs in chit fund scam

Both were Ministers in Naveen govt.

January 29, 2019 11:11 pm | Updated 11:11 pm IST - BHUBANESWAR

Two senior Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLAs have been summoned by the CBI in connection with the Seashore chit fund scam.

Atanu Sabyasachi Nayak and Arun Sahoo, senior MLAs and former Ministers in the Naveen Patnaik government, were asked to be present before the investigators, CBI sources said.

The CBI is likely to question them for their alleged involvement in the Seashore Group, which is one of the 44 companies being probed by the CBI since May 2014.

Seashore was accused of raising around ₹578 crore from people without listing itself in the stock exchange which is mandatory if the number of shareholders cross 50.

Anticipatory bail

The High Court granted anticipatory bail to BJD MP Rabindra Jena in connection with the Seashore chit fund scam on Tuesday.

In 2017, Pravat Ranjan Biswal, BJD MLA from Cuttack-Choudwar, was arrested on charges of involvement in the Seashore chit fund scam. He was granted bail in June 2018. Earlier, BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy and MP Ramachanda Hansda were arrested by the CBI in connection with different chit fund scams.

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