BJD MLA’s wife fails to appear before CBI in Ponzi scam


Bhubaneswar: Even as CBI probe into mega chit fund scam seems to have gathered speed after the BJP national president Amit Shah’s visit to Bhubaneswar last week, BJD legislator Pravat Ranjan Biswal’s wife Laxmi Bilasini failed to turn up before the probe agency on Monday for her alleged links in Seashore Group Ponzi scam.

“We had sought her personal appearance with some documents on Monday. She sent her lawyer with those documents. We are examining those documents. If required, we will resend the summon to her,” said a CBI officer.

On November 21, 2014 the couple deposed at the CBI office and faced interrogation in connection with a controversial land deal between Laxmi Bilasini and Seashore Group. Laxmi Bilasini is a former Zilla Parishad president from Cuttack.

In 2011, Seashore Group wanted to purchase a land from Laxmi Bilasini in Jajpur and paid Rs 29 lakh, which went to the account of Biswal, CBI sources said. When the land deal did not materialize, Seashore Group demanded the money back. Biswal and his wife claimed to have returned the money to Seashore Group.

“The couple showed us an agreement about settlement of money. But we want to check the signatures of the couple and Seashore chief Prashant Dash,” said a CBI officer. The couple already denied their roles in the scam and said they had a fair land deal with Seashore Group. However, Laxmi Bilasini said she returned the money to Seashore Group in cash in 2012. But the CBI did not buy her story as she reportedly failed to substantiate her claim with a receipt.

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