Sting On 4 BJD MLAs: Vigilance Raids Web News Channel’s Office

**Bhubaneswar**: In an interesting twist to the episode of sting operation on four BJD MLAs allegedly demanding illegal gratification from industries, the State Vigilance on Friday conducted simultaneous raids offices of India 24×7 web news channel in Bhubaneswar and Balasore and seized some documents.

According to reports, a team led by vigilance SP searched offices and residences of Ravi Sharma (editor of India 24×7 web news channel) and his aide Saroj Malika in Capital City and Balasore.

The vigilance sleuths have sized 3 laptops, 3 hard discs, 5 pen drives and a recorder during the raid from Sharma’s Chandrasekharpur and Unit-IV office-cum-residences.

“We have seized some documents and electronic items during the raid and investigation is on. We will send these items to forensic labs for analysis,” said Odisha Vigilance Director RP Sharma.

Similarly, another team of the probe agency also raided the house of a video journalist at Dudapal under Kamarda police station in Balasore district. He was not present during the raid. The vigilance officials had to return only after inspecting his house. The camera man, who works for an agency, was a part of the sting operation. However, it is not known whether the probe team gets the video footage of the operation.

Notably, four BJD MLAs – Susant Kumar Behera (Chhendipada), Seemarani Nayak (Hindol), Anam Nayak (Bhawanipatna) and Bijay Kumar Nayak (Karanjia) – were purportedly shown in a sting operation by a private news channel two days ago seeking bribes from industries and facilitating land acquisition for setting up industries in their respective constituencies.

The video was aired on a news channel following which Chief Minister had ordered a vigilance probe into the matter.

A day after CM’s order, Vigilance on Wednesday had formed five teams and assigned them task separately.


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