Gift From Chit Fund Firm Turns Sour: Odisha Minister May Lose Post

Congress and BJP sought the sacking of Sanjay Dasburma, accused of accepting a car as a gift from a chit fund firm.

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The opposition has sought the sacking of Odisha Food Minister Sanjay Dasburma (right) after he was issued notice by the CBI. (Photo: <a href="http://pib.nic.in/newsite/photoright.aspx?phid=58236">pib.nic.in</a>)

On Thursday, the opposition Congress and BJP sought the sacking of Odisha Food Minister Sanjay Dasburma after he was issued notice by the CBI for allegedly accepting a car as a gift from a chit fund firm.

The minister should immediately resign on moral grounds or else the chief minister should ask him to resign after CBI issued a notice to him in the chit fund scam.
Prithviraj Harichandan, General Secretary, BJP, Odisha Unit

The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD), however, said the notice served to the minister on Monday by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) seeking details of the car was politically motivated.

The scam refers to chit fund firms collecting about Rs 4,600 crore by defrauding about a million people in the state. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is inquiring into the fraud involving 44 chit fund firms following directions of the Supreme Court.

The firms being probed include Artha Tatwa Group which allegedly gifted the car to Dasburma.

The law will take its own course, but prima facie the chief minister should ask Dasburma to step down on moral grounds. If proven otherwise, he can always reinstate him in his council of ministers.
Harichandan, BJP

Another BJP leader Samir Mohanty said the chief minister, who has always maintained that the law would take its own course in the matter, should prove his integrity by sacking the minister.

CBI Notice Not Impartial: BJD

The Congress attacked the minister for having links with chit fund companies and benefiting from them. Congress leader Pradeep Majhi demanded Dasburma’s resignation on moral grounds.

The ruling BJD said it has had no problem with the investigation, but the CBI notice did not seem impartial.

All cases related to the chit fund scam are being investigated by the CBI and the process is on for two years. Our party has always welcomed the investigation, but it has to be impartial. We somehow smell politics in issuing notice to Dasburma.
Pratap Keshari Deb, BJD Spokesperson

Meanwhile, some lawyers representing the minister appeared before the CBI and submitted documents relating to the car owned by Dasburma.

An aide of Dasburma had submitted documents to the central investigating agency on Wednesday.

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