Pinaki’s Payola for Publicity Speaks of Black Money in active use by BJD through UCO Bank

Subhas Chandra Pattanayak

Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s close colleague and MP, Pinaki Mishra, who heads the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Urban Development, had not expected that he would attract police action over payola for publicity. Police has received the FIR against the mischief, but has not yet dared to register it, as action against Mishra would open up a new gate for action against the Chief Minister; because the particular transaction indicates that he and his colleagues are operating a parallel economy through black money in active operation through secret accounts in a nationalized bank like the UCO Bank.

It transpires that the District Information and Public Relations Officer, Puri had invited the journalist to a press meet to be addressed by Sri Mishra. Usual kits supposed to be carrying the written version of what Sri Mishra was to say were handed over to the scribes. But currency notes were found in every kit to their horror and embarrassment.

The journalist rightly raised their protests against the nasty tricks to pollute the Press and left the press meet instantly and went en masse to the area police station and filed FIR. Besides being corruptive, it is a contemptuous offense against freedom of Press.

Mishra has laid the blame on UCO Bank for this shenanigan. Caught red-handed, it is not unnatural for him to blame the bank to save his own skin.

But this illicit transaction strongly suggests that Naveen Patnaik and his close colleagues in the ruling party are operating secret accounts in UCO Bank and the UCO Bank that is holding their black money is ensuring payments to whosoever whenever they are instructed to. Otherwise, today, when all the Banks are inoperative due to strike by bank employees all over the country, UCO bank could never have put the money in Journalists’ kits as payola for publicity of the BJD MP.

This is a serious, very serious exposure. The truth – whether or not the CM – Naveen Patnaik – and his close colleagues like the MP Pinaki Mishra and leaders of the ruling party – BJD are holding black money in UCO Bank and operating the same in any form for any purpose must come out. And, it is incumbent upon the Central Government to ask the CBI to find out the truth, because UCO Bank is a nationalized Bank, which has been admitted by the MP to have conducted this transaction. From whose and which account and under whose instruction and signature the UCO Bank had drawn the money on a day of no banking must be clarified by the said Bank as well as the Central Government.

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  1. Technically the charges are correct. But the amount is very small. More amount is spent on even high tea or much more in dinner with drinks. This could be a plot also.

    • UCO Bank manager was present on the spot. He must say, who had asked him to put the money in kits for journalists, from which accounts he had drawn this money, under whose signature the money was drawn. We all know, from a bank accounts, no money can be drawn without the genuine signature of the accounts holder. Obviously, the money was drawn – notwithstanding the size of the amount – from an account that does not require anybody’s signature, exactly as had happened in the payment of Rs. 60 lakhs by the Parliament Street Branch of SBI on May 24, 1971 to Rustom Suhrab Nagarwala, an ex-army captain and intelligence officer, who had, to show how clandestine accounts were being operated by the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in the State Bank, had put the order for the payment by imitating Mrs. Gandhi’s voice. Now a CBI investigation into how the money was flown in from UCO Bank into kits for journalists is an unavoidable must to eliminate the aspect of black money in active operation by Orissa’s power holders.

  2. Do I read correctly this Article; where a law-maker in a Press Conference gives Cash in broad DayLight for unexplained reason …………….So shocking! so ghastly absurd! so INSULTING and down right shameful.

    Corruption, of course, MUST NOT HAVE TOUCHED SO LOW LEVEL BEFORE.

    It is high time the journalists should also INTROSPECT as to what level they have brought down their NOBLE PROFESSION by hobnobbing with the politicians and by having not gone against the environment that makes low grade people dare to do what has happened t Puri. It is better if they correctly read: ALO SAKHI, APANA MAHATA APE RAKHI.

    A Banker is a Banker after all (in other words a Dog, I mean a watch dog, who has faithfully executed his duty – Be it immoral – But that’s what his BOSS wanted him to do). Box his ears and he will bark out all the truth …………… unfortunately who is that clean person going to be to BOX HIS EARS – else – a repeat performance couldn’t have occurred in BBSR soon-after the PURI episode ………………. Alas !!! God Save the State/Country.

  3. You have raised a very serious question. Till now it was a bribing case altogether, but you have pointed out the black money operation in the whole episode. I think state investigating agencies will whitewash the mischief. So CBI would be the right agency for investigation.

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