Bhubaneswar19/9/174;: After a gap of almost three years, the CBI today arrested ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Pravat Biswal for his alleged complicacies in the multi-crore chit fund scam.
According to sources, the CBI sleuths had summoned the Cuttack-Choudwar legislator on Monday night for further questioning him in connection with a land deal with M/s Seashore Group of Companies and later he was arrested.
Notably, Biswal and his wife were earlier quizzed several times during past three years by the investigating agency in connection of a controversial land belonging to the ponzi firm which is located in Jajpur and was registered in the name of Biswal’s wife in 2012 for a consideration amount of Rs 25 lakh. The CBI is investigating into the source of that huge money.
The BJD lawmaker has been booked under section 120 (B) of IPC.
BJD extends support to Pravat Biswal
The CBI this afternoon forwarded Choudwar-Cuttack BJD MLA Pravat Biswal to a special CBI court here amid slogans and protest by hundreds of supporters of the legislator in front of the CBI office here against his arrest.
He was arrested last night after questioning in connection with the alleged multi-crore chit fund scam in the state.
However, hundreds of his supporters along with student and youth wing workers of the party staged a demonstration in Cuttack today in the aftermath of his arrest by CBI in connection with the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha.
They alleged that the arrest of the legislator is nothing but a political vendetta of the BJP government in Centre. The supporters of Biswal also claimed that BJP got him arrested using the Central mechanism following the huge support of the public to the BJD’s hartal against oil price hike in Choudwar-Cuttack led by the MLA.
The demonstrators burned the effigies of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP National President Amit Shah and Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan during the protest against the arrest of the ruling party MLA.
“The innocent MLA was arrested only because of BJP’s political vendetta against him. He has no links with the Seashore chit fund company,” claimed a supporter.
They also took out a bike rally from Cuttack to Bhubaneswar shouting slogans against BJP and CBI and demonstrated in front of the CBI office in the state capital.
Notably, Biswal was arrested by the CBI in connection with the purchase of a piece of land from the Seashore chit fund company registered in the name of his wife.