Bhubaneswar: Mayurbahnj MP Ramchandra Hansda, arrested by CBI on the charges of criminal conspiracy, cheating and diversion of funds, Wednesday alleged that the action against him was part of a political conspiracy against the ruling BJD in Odisha.
"The central investigating agency is trying to gain cheap popularity out of this," Hansda said, adding that there was a "conspiracy" against the BJD.
Hansda, who had been suspended from the ruling BJD immediately after his arrest yesterday, said this while being taken to the court for production by CBI.
The CBI had recovered Rs 28 lakh cash from Hansda's house in Mayurbhanj district in July this year while probing into the chit fund scam involving Nabadiganta Capital Service.
Hansda had claimed that the money was his personal and party fund.
Former BJP MLA Hitesh Bagartti said, "I feel sad. As I was a director of the company I too was arrested by CBI."
"I want investors to get back their money," he added.
CBI conducted medical examination of all the three accused politicians comprising Hansda, former BJD MLA Subarna Naiak and Bagarti before they were produced in the special CBI judge court here.