Odisha BJP on Tuesday questioned CBI director Ranjit Sinha’s meeting with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik and demanded an explanation from both of them.
Sinha, who was on a four-day visit from March 1, met Patnaik on Monday just for 10 minutes. “It was a courtesy call,” he told reporters after coming out of the chief minister’s chamber.
“Sinha meeting with Patnaik raises suspicion at a time the Odisha government is embroiled in mining and chit fund scams and the Supreme Court is hearing two public interest litigations on them,” BJP spokesperson Suresh Pujari said.
Pujari said it could not be a courtesy call as Sinha was not known to be Patnaik’s friend or even acquaintance and alleged that the meeting shows attempts were being made to hush up the scams as politicians from both BJD and Congress are deeply involved in them.
“Both UPA government at the Centre and Naveen Patnaik governments have so far seen to it that the mining scam is not handed over to the CBI despite Justice MB Shah Commission’s recommendation for it. Clearly, they are trying to bail out each other ahead of elections,” Pujari added.
However, Odisha health minister and BJD vice-president Damodar Rout said the chief minister was not bound to give an explanation. “The CBI director, as the head of the country’s top investigating agency, visited Odisha and he called on the chief minister out of courtesy. By making wild allegations, the BJP is trying to confuse people at election time,” Rout told HT.