BJP demands SIT probe in corruption cases in Orissa

Bhubaneswar: The BJP on Thursday demanded a thorough probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into all corruption cases in Orissa.

"All scams that have taken place during the 11-year-rule of Naveen Patnaik should be investigated thoroughly by SIT," BJP's national secretary Kirit Somaya told reporters after releasing a chargesheet against the state government.

SIT should be formed to probe scams relating to MGNREGA, dal scandal, mining, water, cheating of farmers, diversion of funds meant for tribals and other issues, he said, adding inquiry should be conducted preferably under monitoring and supervision of the Orissa High Court.

On CBI probe into MGNREGA scam being conducted in six districts, senior party leader Bijoy Mohapatra said all the 30 districts of the state and all the years from 2006-07 to 2010-11 should be included within purview of the investigation.

"Since irregularities were rampant throughout the state, a comprehensive inquiry is required in all the districts instead of confining it to six districts," he said.

Referring to the multi-crore scam in purchase of dal for mid-day meal and other schemes, he claimed that probe by vigilance wing had virtually been stopped as it was feared that many officers, ministers and the chief minister himself would have to be dragged into its purview.