**Cuttack:** One can find much resentment in the political circles as the Seashore chit fund scam accused Subhankar Nayak was spotted watching the India-Srilanka T-20 match, that too, from the VVIP enclosure of the stadium.
Congress MLA Prafulla Majhi pointed out, “It is obvious that the scam accused got the pass from some BJD person, and be it minister, politician or any activist. But to hand a VIP pass to such a scamster show the chaos which is present in Odisha at present. It is very unfortunate to see such an accused person to be sharing seats with top brass bureaucrats and politicians in the VVIP enclosure.”
On the other hand, Debasish Samantray, the BJD legislator from Cuttack-Barabati has demanded a probe into the matter as to how an accused got a VIP pass.
Talking to mediapersons, Samantray said, “Sports is not a power corridor. All those who received passes from the BCCI were present in the enclosure. There were bureaucrats, police personnel, judges, politicians, etc. The OCA must be having a list of those whom they issued these complimentary passes. We can investigate and find out from the list that passed on the pass to the chit fund scam accused.”
He further added, “It is worth mentioning that the government has no power over OCA or BCCI. It is an independent body and decides to distribute passes on its own without any interference of the government.
When the Finance Minister of Odisha, Shashi Bhusan Behera was asked about the presence of the chit fund scam accused, he bluntly replied, “I did not look around to see who all were present in the enclosure. The Cricket Association had made all the sitting arrangements. I cannot say anything on it as I am not working for the cricket association.”
Incidentally, he was also in the enclosure watching the match.
Earlier, the Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) officials have already distanced itself from the controversy. OCA working committee chairman Dhiren Palei said, “We allocated the 200 seats of VVIP enclosure to important persons. How it was further circulated is not our responsibility. We do not even know the accused person Subhankar Nayak. He was not an official beneficiary of the complimentary passes.”
Notably, Nayak was seen in the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) Box of Barabati Stadium, among top brass of the Odisha Police and State Administration on Wednesday.
The High Court had granted Nayak conditional bail in the Seashore chit fund scam this year on August 1. It had directed him to furnish two sureties of Rs 2 lakh each and either Rs 5 lakh cash or property surety. This apart, the Court has also barred Nayak from travelling outside Odisha.
Nayak, allegedly a conduit between the blacklisted ponzi firm and ‘influential persons’ of the State, was arrested by the CBI on November 18, 2014.