Bhubaneswar: Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on Thursday, added up to the election heat, with three corruption questions on the Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik regarding his role in a coal block allocation case in 1998.
Taking a cue from the media reports, Mr. Pradhan asked, “Naveen Babu should answer if CBI had quizzed him on the day of 25th November in 2017.”
There were media reports that one Vaibhav Verma has filed a petition in the Supreme Court on Monday seeking expediting the CBI probe in a coal block allocation case, in which an inquiry was pending against Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik.
Mr.Pradhan sought the answer from Naveen Patnaik why he has not mentioned about the CBI interrogation in his affidavit with the nomination paper. And, added the third question, “Who is GD Dagga, involved in the coal block allocation case?”
While being the Coal Minister in the Central government, Mr. Naveen Pattnaik, on 3 April 1998, had granted a coal block to a ghost company, which got registered later in 1999, said Mr. Pradhan in a presser on Thursday.
BJD has rubbished the questions of Dharmendra Pradhan without offering a straight answer, but in return, it has slapped a series of questions on the Union Minister on VYAPAM, petrol pump allocation and criminal link.