BHUBANESWAR:The CBI searched the bank lockers of Rajya Sabha MP Pyarimohan Mohapatra’s wife and daughter, the keys of which were taken by the agency during a raid last year in connection with the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam.
Pyarimohan said the CBI officials examined the two lockers in a bank in Sahidnagar area for two hours on Saturday.
He said the keys of the lockers were seized by the CBI during the search conducted by the agency in his house on November 18 last year.
The Rajya Sabha MP, who is also the president of the Odisha Jana Morcha, said he had insisted that the lockers should be search on that day itself.
Since no action was taken by the CBI for several weeks, Mohapatra said he had written to CBI SP Manish Kumar Sinha on December 9 to complete the examination of the lockers at the earliest.
“After my letter, the CBI officials searched the lockers on Saturday,” he said.
“My public image was at stake. Besides, my wife and daughter could not use the jewellery kept in the lockers as the keys were with the CBI. That is why I had urged the CBI SP to open it at the earliest,” Pyarimohan said.
The OJM president said there were only jewellery items in them and nothing else. “There was no document or gold biscuit in the lockers,” he said.
Pyarimohan said he had declared his assets in his affidavit while filing nomination papers for the Rajya Sabha election. “Besides, the CBI has also seized my passbooks,” he said.
Pyarimohan was grilled by the CBI for over four hours on November 21 over his alleged link with the Seashore Group of Companies. He was also questioned by the Enforcement Directorate, before the CBI raid on his house on November 18 last.