Bhubaneswar, Sep 16: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) today raised questions on the timing of CBI raid on its party leader’s residence in Bhubaneswar today.
Countering the raid by the central agency, BJD Spokesperson Lenin Mohanty said, “The CBI has been investigating cases in Odisha over the past seven years. A pattern is seen that the CBI starts conducting searches, raids and issues notices just before the By-elections, General Elections and Panchayat elections.”
People of Odisha are wondering why such things happen before any election, he added.
BJD MLA and former minister Debi Prasad Mishra denied reports of raids on his house by the Central Investigation Bureau (CBI) and said that it was a part of ongoing investigation process by the investigating agency.
“The CBI sleuths questioned me on Mahanadi tourism project as I was the Tourism minister then. They asked me about the document of the project and I said they are at the Tourism department. I didn’t take decisions in individual capacity; it was the decision of the government,” said Mishra in his reaction.
Seashore group of companies, which swindled crores of rupees from investors across the state had got the rights from the state government to promote tourism at Atri hot spring near Khordha and develop tourism on the banks of the Mahanadi River in Cuttack. Misha was the then tourism minister.