Bhubaneswar: In a surprise move, Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has started scrutinizing the vehicle passes issued to all the MLAs and ministers having access to the state Vidhan Sabha. Officials said, such move by the CBI is linked to the investigations in connection with the various chit fund scams.
Sources said, officials have asked to particularize the details of the vehicles issued to the ministers of four years from the period 2010 to 2013. With CBI asking for immediate submission of the details, the officials of the secretariat worked overnight to produce the information. With an exception of Chief Minister, Chief Secretary, Under Secretary and Opposition Party leader, CBI has asked the details of every other member of Vidhan Sabha.
A senior official of Secretariat said that after getting instructions from CBI on Tuesday, they have requested for extension of some time to provide the required details. Most of the MLAs elected in the fourteenth Vidhan Sabha elections (2009 to 2014) are not the existing members of the current session. As per sources, CBI has asked for the information including whether the members were using their personal vehicles or the vehicles allocated by the government and if the pass was issued against the vehicle or not or whether they had changed their vehicle during the period 2009 to 2014.
However, the real intention of CBI is still not ascertained in connection with asking the details of the vehicle passes issued only from 2010 to 2013.
Notably, late Congress member Lulu Mohapatra had alleged Food Supplies and Consumer Welfare Minister Sanjay Das Burma to have taken a Pajero as gift from AT Chief Pradeep Sethi following which CBI had issued a notice to submit all details of the vehicle. Das Burma had later submitted the details to CBI.