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Hundreds of Congress activists and leaders staged a demonstration outside CBI office

Bhubaneswar:26/10/18: Hundreds of Congress activists and leaders staged a demonstration outside CBI office here on Friday, as part of the party’s nationwide protest against the decision of the Centre to send the probe agency’s director, Alok Verma, on leave.

The demonstrators, led by Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee President Niranjan Patnaik, raised slogans against the Centre, alleging that Verma was sent on leave to stall investigation into charges of “corruption” in Rafale jet deal.

The Centre on Wednesday divested Verma and special director Rakesh Asthana of their powers and sent the two feuding officials on leave.

Verma had reportedly opposed Asthana’s elevation as the special director of the premiere agency on the ground that he was being probed in a graft case.

CBI additional director M Nageshwar Rao was appointed as the interim director of the agency.

The Congress activists, sporting black T-shirts, attempted to enter into the CBI office here, but were stopped by the security personnel at the gate.

Terming the action against Verma as “illegal, unconstitutional and intentional”, Patnaik alleged that people of Odisha, particularly the victims of a multi-crore chitfund scam, have been cheated by Asthana, who was monitoring the CBI probe into the case.

Over the past two years, there had been no progress into the chitfund scam probe in Odisha, he said.

“The investigation into the scam has been slowed down to shield ruling BJD members, with support from the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre,” he added.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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