CBI Raids BJD MP Rabindra Jena’s Balasore Office & Factory

**Balasore:** The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) sleuths on Monday raided BJD MP Rabindra Jena’s Balasore office in OT Road and OM Pipe manufacturing factory situated at Somnathpur in the city.

Even though CBI had earlier summoned Jena and had issued notice to re-appear on January 12 this year, its sleuths had on that very day, amazingly, conducted raid at his house in Balasore town while he was reportedly missing there.

After a lull for some months in 2016 as the CBI has tightened up its belt to dig into the multi-crore Seashore chit fund scam in Odisha, it all seems that the legal tentacles over ruling Bjiu Janata Dal (BJD)’s Balasore Lok Sabha member Rabindra Jena are looming large.

Apprehending arrest by the central investigating agency, the Balasore MP had knocked the doors of Orissa High Court pleading for anticipatory bail, but to no avail.

Notably, Jena had appeared before the CBI here in the capital city on December 10 last year and had been grilled for around seven hours over his alleged links with the tainted Seashore chit fund firm.

Since January 16 was the extended deadline of CBI asking him to depose and he did not turn up at the CBI office here, it is being assumed that he is evading his possible arrest.

Notably, BJD’s Mayurbhanj MP Ramachandra Hansdah has much earlier been arrested by the CBI in connection with Nabadiganta Capital Services Ltd. (NCSL) ponzi scam.

CBI has on February 19, 2015 already filed preliminary chargesheet against six functionaries of NCSL chit fund firm at the Special CBI court here accusing them of cheating Odisha investors to the tune of Rs 8.39 crore.

Besides Ramachandra Hansdah, former Odisha MLAs Hitesh Bagarti (BJP) and Subarna Naik (BJD) have also been named in the 150-page chargesheet.
Nabadiganta is one of the 44 companies which were under the scanner of the central investigation agency for its alleged involvement in the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha. The CBI is probing the matter as per an order of the Supreme Court.