Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today raided the official residence of former Minister and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MLA Debi Prasad Mishra here in connection with the Seashore chit fund scam.
Sources also said that apart from Mishra’s Unit-1 official quarters also raided his Narsinghpur ancestral home.
Mishra however, has clarified that it was not a raid on his house but it was the CBI which was seeking a few documents in connection with the Mahanadi tourism project which was undertaken during his tenure as the Tourism Minister.
“This investigation by the CBI is since 2013 in connection with the Tourism Department’s project on boating in Mahanadi. It is for almost seven years. They have also questioned us in this connection earlier. As a Minister I had not taken the decision on my own, it was a government decision. They have taken all files concerning the matter from the department, it’s all with them,” said Mishra talking to reporters here.
Mishra said that the CBI browsed through certain documents pertaining to correspondence in connection with the project.
“I told them that since I have been tested Covid-19 positive I am in isolation. I told them they can ask whatever they feel like asking. I have been cooperating with them all these years and shall also cooperate now. They said that they wanted to go through some correspondences which I allowed them to do. After doing so they left,” he added.
Worth mentioning, Mishra during his tenure as Tourism & Culture Minister had inked agreements with Seashore Group of Companies for a water sports complex with a restaurant on Mahanadi in Cuttack.