BHUBANESWAR: Senior Congress leader Niranjan Patnaik on Sunday demanded that CBI must subject chit fund scamsters to custodial interrogation to expose larger conspiracy. Welcoming the CBI raids to trace the money lost by the depositors who invested in chit fund companies, and were duped, the Congress leader said the investigation has unmasked the flourishing of chit fund companies under the patronage of BJD leaders and bigwigs.
Stating that CBI should examine the jailed scamsters, Niranjan said Pradip Sethi, the chief of Artha Tatwa group, had taken the name of politicians and Ministers in a TV interview and he can provide evidence to substantiate his charge. What has surfaced till now is ‘tip of the ice berg’, Niranjan said and added that CBI has to do a lot more to ensure justice for the hapless victims. He said Naveen should have accepted the demand for a CBI probe right from the beginning without playing hide and seek with the law. With State Government’s protection, the companies got ample time to tamper the evidence and dispose of property, he added.