In a huge embarrassment to Congress, the Odisha Pradesh Congress Committee chief Niranjan Patnaik and his son Navjyoti Patnaik face arrest in the 2017 case of Ponzi scheme. An FIR has been lodged against them. Navjyoti Patnaik is also accused of misappropriating Rs 6 crore from funds given to him for the company.
Earlier on Friday, the CBI raided former Haryana CM Bhupinder Singh Hooda at his residence.
A fraud case has been registered against them and they have been charged with section 420 of the IPC and a notice has been issued to them by the police.
The duo has been charged with looting Rs 32 crores as the directors of VAVASI Telecom (P) Ltd from Mr KS Ahluwalia. The company has also given in writing that Navjyoti Patnaik has misappropriated Rs 6 crores of the Rs 32 crores that Ahluwalia had given to them.
BJP leader from Odisha Dharmendra Pradhan has said that Rahul Gandhi must respond to the charges against Odisha PCC chief and also on the raids against Bhupinder Singh Hooda by the CBI. Singh is an accused in the Manesar land scam.
Rahul Gandhi is in the state to attend the Odisha Dialogue Event.
"They will have to answer the people. Rahul Gandhi should answer people on this scam by the state Congress chief. The key culprit behind keeping Odisha behind in development is Congress. Congress is responsible for letting Odisha behind in everything. They ruined the dreams of Odisha.They have looted the nation. They must answer. What is their take on the cheating and fraudulent activities by their party members?
Its an economic offence. We are raising this issue. The law will take its own course. But Rahul should answer. They are accountable to the society. They should clear their stand
Let the Congress say that Bhupinder Hooda or Niranjan Patnaik are clean. That they havent done anything wrong. That 'they are not accused of fraud. Rahul should clear this stand on the issue."