Bharatiya Janata Party vice-president Baijayant Panda and his wife, Jagi Mangat Panda, on Saturday accused the Biju Janata Dal authorities in Odisha of orchestrating instances towards them out of political vendetta even because the BJD refuted the allegations of a witch-hunt.
Alleging that the state authorities has been targeting their household for talking out towards alleged corruption within the state, Panda’s wife mentioned, “It is no secret that ever since my husband Jay Panda started speaking out about the BJD’s widespread corruption five years ago, and joined the BJP, the Odisha government and BJD have been targeting and harassing our family and the organisations connected with us, including actual violence against us on several locations.”
She mentioned that the Odisha police had been submitting false instances towards them and the businesses related to them. “In the past two months, the Odisha police have registered about 20 false cases against OTV, its sister companies, employees and my family members, including my 84-year-old father,” she mentioned.
Her statements have come a day after the Orissa excessive court docket lifted the interim safety from arrest of the BJP chief and his wife, together with the managing director of their TV channel OTV, in reference to a fraudulent land transaction.
On Friday, a single decide bench of the Orissa HC vacated its interim keep on the arrest of the couple whereas rejecting their petition to quash the FIR filed in reference to the land transaction of Odisha Infratech Pvt Ltd. Panda and his wife are promoters of the corporate.
According to the FIR, filed by the Economic Offence Wing of the Odisha police, Panda allegedly cheated 22 folks, belonging to the Dalit neighborhood, to amass their land within the state’s Khurda district.
Jagi Mangat Panda mentioned that her firm will search redressal within the court docket towards the alleged harassment by state authorities. “Though there has been no wrongdoing by us and we are confident that this will ultimately be proved in the courts,” she mentioned.
The Naveen Patnaik led BJD, nonetheless, refuted these allegations of a witch-hunt towards Panda.
“It’s an open and shut case of fraud in land transaction in which several Dalit people have been taken for a ride. The couple, who are promoters of the company Odisha Infratech Pvt that bought the land in violation of several existing laws such as Scheduled Caste Atrocities Act and Odisha Land Reforms Act, would be summoned for joining the investigation. There is no witch-hunt,” mentioned BJD MP Pinaki Mishra.
“As per the Odisha Land Reforms Act, non-Dalit people cannot buy Dalit land. Only Dalit people can buy land of another Dalit. To bypass this law, Panda used his driver Rabi Sethi, who is a Dalit, to buy this land in Sarua and then transferred it to his company. Though Sethi was only earning Rs 8,000 per month, lakhs of rupees were transferred in these land purchases. Later, Sethi and the 22 land owners complained to the Khurda district collector stating this action as illegal and fraud,” he mentioned.
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