Utkal Reporter Bureau
Bhubaneswar|18 Jan 2017
And there came Dharmendra Pradahn’s response on the Vigilance raid. He said investing agencies have their duties to discharge.” They should be let do their duty”. The agencies,” both of the centre and state operate under rules”, said the petroleum Minister and declined any governmental interference in their work.
“No one is above the law, even if he was his brother.” replied Mr. Pradhan on Tuesday to the media quizzes on the exercise conducted by the vigilance on his brother- Soumendra Pradhan’s gas agency in Talcher. At the same time he asked vigilance to “drive the case to its logical end.”
Odisha vigilance at present is out in action against gas agencies in the state of which Soumendra Pradhan’s is the catching one. This strike of vigilance within two-days of CBI raids on three BJD leaders in connection with chit fund scam has stirred political talking points. But the Petroleum Minister tactically checked himself to be exposed for any political attacks.
He tried to send out the point that the central agency CBI is doing its job in the chit fund case with a freehand as the vigilance is doing its job. But people in BJD seem worried. Those who have done wrong or those who have fear in mind feel it as an excuse that someone is controlling the agency, said the Minister.
Dharmendra Pradhan’s this attitude has emboldened his fellow party men to dare BJD a similar response on the ongoing CBI operations in chit fund case.
On Jan 12 CBI had raided locations of three prominent BJD leaders only to draw strong reactions from the ruling party.
BJD had alleged that the BJP ruled central government has used CBI as a tool to hinder its electoral prospectus in the upcoming rural elections.