Subhas Chandra Pattanayak
Money saving avenues are available in plenty from postal to public sector banks in every nook and corner of Orissa. Deposits in these saving banks not only fetch higher income through interest, but also help the Government with funds for welfare of the people. But, allegedly 40,000,00 persons of Orissa, who had some money to save, did not prefer the saving banks in the public sector and, for more profit, they designed to keep the State in dark about their investable funds. They, because of their avarice, run after “profit” instead of “interest”.
Avarice led them to wedlock with the crooks who have such an empire that the Supreme Court having ordered for CBI investigation into the offense, has not thought it proper to allow the investigating agency to act as it likes, because, perhaps it has felt that, unless constantly monitored, the highest national wing of investigation might be swayed away by the force of money the crooks command and the political patronage they enjoy in Orissa, the State of idiots where compradors rule.
The people of Orissa, as a whole, are not involved with this unethical, opportunistic partnering of avaricious investors with the black money empires and, therefore, in no way the State Exchequer should be forced to cough up money for the said investors; as, had they not been cheated, they would not have shared their “profits” with the public.
The only public concern of Orissa is, therefore, not recovery of money from the swindlers, but punishment against the swindlers for their criminal conducts. Whosoever conducts a crime must be punished, says the Laws of this land that has defined the crimes and prescribed the punishments.
Indian criminals are mostly unpunished, not only because the investigators do have secret agents of the criminals in their midst, but also because, the criminals have their patrons and protectors in the judiciary.
Against this backdrop, it is good that the apex court of India has taken onto itself the burden of monitoring the chit fund investigation by the CBI. In this, the court has also taken a risk.
The chit fund swindlers are known to the people thanks to media with marked mania to claim credit for exposing any crime committed under the nose of administration.
There are agents of the crooks in media also. Owners of media organizations and senior working journalists dragged by CBI into investigation chamber and thrown into jails as under trial prisoners makes the point clear.
Yet, it is media in general that has refused to side with the crooks and has exposed the felony of the chit fund operators and has made the general public aware of the ongoing offenses. Resultantly, social media has fabulous information on what is happening in the chit fund matter.
So, principled media and social media are keeping alert eyes on the role of CBI as well as the Supreme Court in matters of chit fund. Slowly but steadily this is making people conscious of how powers that be play havoc with their collective life by creating a climate of crimes.
Right to Information has emerged as a great weapon in hands of the people and RTI activists are making their contributions to mass awakening in this particular matter more conspicuous, as their watchful eyes continue to study the role of CBI vis-a-vis the Supreme Court.
And, as I watch, this watching upon the proceedings of the chit fund inquiry has become such an obsession with RTI activists that one of them, Jayanta Das has severely reprimanded his admired friend Alok Jena in social media – facebook.com – for rejection of an IA of Jena in the Supreme Court recently, though he knows that Jena had to take the risk of pleading his case himself in the Court against an array of astute advocates engaged by the crooks and their associates.
Das admits that Jena has been fighting the case with funds generated by mortgaging even his wife’s jewelries. Yet, when he failed to engage a lawyer, basically because of lack of funds and resultantly failed to convince the Court due to lack of personal expertise in tackling the tricks of law, the RTI activist has not hesitated to subject him to scathing criticism. This is nothing but a facet of people’s restlessness to see the crooks punished.
When an outstanding ally of Jena like Das resorts to heartless censoring of his friend over his failure to generate a favorable order on an IA petition, It suggests very strongly that the people are uncompromisingly serious in the matter of chit fund investigation and equally restless to see the crooks punished.
Here the image of the Supreme Court is at risk. People are conscious that top judicial functionaries like Justice Laxmikant Mohapatra are not yet dragged into investigation even though their link with chit fund operators is discernible. People are aware of the fact that Orissa High Court has already helped a ruling party MP save his status by allowing him to join the Parliament for a day before last limit of 60 days of absence in the House expires in his case, he being an under-trial prisoner. People are conscious that Orissa High Court has helped former Advocate General of the State escape the CBI Court hock by bagging a bail order under unprecedented judicial shenanigans the like of which had never reached people’s eyes in this State. People are shocked to see MLA Pravat Tripathy getting enlarged on bail by the High Court. All these have happened when the CBI investigation into chit fund felonies is going on under Supreme Court direction and monitoring.
The entire matter of chit fund felonies and CBI investigation thereon is a matter that rests with the Supreme Court and hence, the High Court should have refused to intervene in the cases aforesaid.
As CBI has the history of being misled by powers that be and as Indian Judiciary has history of rendering important cases inconsequential, the people are naturally worried over delays in determining and punishing the crooks that have criminally cheated about 40,000,00 people of Orissa.
The Supreme Court should review all the bails granted by the High Court and all the inactions the CBI is marked for in matter of investigations into the chit fund cheating.