Chit Fund Scam: CBI Names BJD MLA Prabhat Biswal, 4 others In 2nd Chargesheet In Seashore Case

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Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed the second charge-sheet in the multi-crore Seashore chit fund scam against five accused persons including BJD’s Choudwar-Cuttack MLA Prabhat Biswal and his wife Laxmibilasini Biswal.

Three others who have been named in the charge-sheet are retired OAS officer Pradeep Hota, his wife Pratima Hota and another employee of the scam-tainted Seashore group of companies.

The charge-sheet comprising of exactly 100 pages contains statements of about witnesses which digs out involvement of BJD MLA Pravat Biswal in extending undue favours to Seashore Group by allowing the company to operate its business in several parts of his Chowdwar-Cuttack constituency in Cuttack district. Similarly, the MLA’s wife has been accused for her alleged involvement in a land deal with Seashore Group CMD Prashant Dash.

Earlier also, both Pravat Biswal and his wife were grilled by the CBI several times in connection with a land deal with Seashore CMD Prashant Das. The couple had reportedly failed to provide necessary documents including sale deed of the land and obtained a financial benefit of Rs 25 lakh with the help of forged documents.

The accused OAS officer has been named in the chargesheet for extending undue favour to the chit fund company in his capacity as the Managing Director of Agricultural Promotion and Investment Corporation Limited (APICOL).

CBI had earlier filed a 276-page chargesheet in the case in which it had named Seashore chief Prashant Dash, his brother Pravat Dash and middleman Subhankar Nayak.

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