Former GM of Samaja tells of a secret money transaction between Orissa CM Naveen Patnaik and Manubhai Patel of SoPS: Investigation essential

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Former General Manager of the Samaja, retired IAS officer Dandanirodh Mishra, has kept on records a secret money transaction between Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and the then Chief of Servants of the People Society Manubhai Patel, which could have been captured by secret camera had he not timely alerted the Chief Minister over phone.

In a letter to Manubhai Patel, bearing the Samaja No.253/GM/2007 dated 25.07.2007, Mishra has written, “You are aware that I had saved you from embarrassment, humiliation and ignominy by requesting the Chief Minister to have a telephonic discussion with you when you were rushing to Puri on 15th November, 2006 to collect a sum of Rs.50.00 lakhs”.

Mishra has mentioned of a “scheduled programme” with the CM for receiving the money in person. But as, instead of meeting the CM as per the “scheduled programme”, he was “rushing to Puri” in response to a telephonic call from somebody whom he “assumed to be the Chief Minister” because of the “scheduled programme” with Naveen Patnaik, Mishra got a secret message that the transaction was likely to be captured by “string” cameras. He immediately had alerted the Chief Minister and persuaded him to discuss the matter with Manubhai.

Whether or not the “scheduled programme” for the clandestine deal was re-scheduled is a matter that needs investigation.

Mishra has attached this document to his letter dated 22 May 2009 to IIC, Cantonment Police Station, Cuttack with reference to Cantonment P.S. case No.88/2006 corresponding to No. 436/2007 on the basis of FIR lodged by him as the General manager of the Samaja and Cantonment P.S. case No. 27/2007 corresponding to No. 436/2007 on the basis of complaint petition of Pradeep Kumar Pandey vide ICC No. 332/2007.

But, because Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik is bound to be investigated into in context of the “scheduled” secret deal of Rs.50 lakhs with Manubhai Patel, the police is not daring to proceed in the matter.

The same Manubhai Patel is now using the same Naveen Patnaik to keep his illegal grip over the Samaja intact.

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