CBI quizzes BJD MP in Odisha chit fund scam (Lead, fixing headline)

Bhubaneswar, Dec 10 (IANS) The CBI on Saturday again interrogated Biju Janata Dal MP Rabindra Jena for his alleged links to a multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha.

Jena was interrogated for his alleged links with Seashore Group, which has allegedly duped thousands of depositors in the state. He was earlier questioned in January last year.

The Lok Sabha member from Balasore, who appeared at the CBI office here, was summoned on November 14 but however sent his lawyer with some documents. Later, the investigating agency sent another summon asking him to appear personally.

“Seashore group had taken some money from us. They have returned some of it while we are yet to receive the remaining money. CBI questioned me about these transactions. I have answered all their questions and have provided them all necessary information,” Jena told reporters after coming out of the CBI office here.

The Supratik group of companies headed by Jena had lent an amount of Rs 18 crore to the Seashore group in 2010. Seashore had paid back most of the money, but still owed Rs 1.86 crore, said sources.