CBI summons BJD MLA's wife, MP over chit-fund scam

The agreement paper in question was submitted to CBI by the Biswals and was sent for forensic tests to validate the signature.

Published: 26th November 2016 11:39 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th November 2016 11:39 PM   |  A+A-

By Express News Service

BHUBANESWAR: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Saturday summoned Laxmi Bilasini Biswal, wife of BJD MLA from Choudwar-Cuttack, Prabhat Biswal, for her links with Seashore Group of companies which is embroiled in the multi-crore chitfund scam.

The CBI has asked her to appear before it within two days. The central investigating agency had also summoned BJD leader and Balasore MP Rabindra Jena to appear before it on November 15 in connection with a business deal with the Seashore Group.

However, Jena could not appear before the agency as he was inNew Delhi on November 15 and instead sent his representative. The BJD MP said CBI had asked for some documents in connection with a business deal with Seashore Group, which were submitted on Saturday.

Jena, who is a prominent entrepreneur of Balasore, had appeared before the CBI here on January 13, 2015 in connection with his business links with the Seashore Group of Companies. Sources said he had given a loan of Rs 18 crore to the Group, which is under investigation of the probe agency.

Jena is the second MP who is under the CBI scanner in connection with his links with a chit-fund company. Rama Chandra Hansda, the Mayurbhanj MP of the ruling party, was arrested by the CBI on November 4, 2014, for his alleged links with ponzi firm Nabadiganta Capital Services Pvt Ltd.

The CBI had interrogated BJD MLA Prabhat Biswal and his wife Laxmi Bilasini Biswal over a land deal with Seashore Group chief Prashant Dash. The 34 “guntha” land that the MLA’s wife -- previously a Zilla Parishad president of Cuttack -- owns in Jajpur’s Benapur mouza was apparently agreed upon for sale at Rs 29.25 lakh in 2011 to the Seashore chief.

Sources said Dash had paid Rs 25 lakh for the land in cheques during April 2012, while the rest was to be paid after final registration of the property in his favour. But, Dash allegedly withdrew from the land deal and wanted his money back.

The MLA's wife had told mediapersons that Dash was refunded in cash as per his wish. However, he allegedly gave no cash receipts, stating he would carry out the legal formalities later and had signed on an agreement paper about the re-payment the same year in July.

The agreement paper in question was submitted to CBI by the Biswals and was sent for forensic tests to validate the signature.

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