Expelled BJD chief and MLA from Gopalpur, Pradeep Panigrahi was picked up by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch from his home. Panigrahi’s wife Sujata, when revealing the particulars on Thursday evening stated that men and women arrived in 4 SUVs and took him absent. “Identifying them selves as sleuths from the Criminal offense Branch EOW, they took absent my husband from our residence in Bhubaneswar”, she explained.
According to a report by OTV, Sujata Panigrahi mentioned, “Without any discover or warrant, they picked up my partner. Is my partner is a Naxalite or a terrorist that he’s been unwell-addressed by the officials”. She extra, “if the govt experienced demonstrated the same alacrity in scenario of Naxals the problem would not have existed by now”.
Saying that her spouse was getting focused and harassed intentionally, she questioned what the need was for purported sleuths to acquire a sitting MLA absent in this method to an undisclosed location. She extra that she was unable to identify him. “If anything takes place to my husband, the Main Minister will be liable,” she said.
If anything at all comes about to my spouse, I will pull everybody to the court docket of legislation & Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on your own will be accountable for this: Sujata Panigrahi, wife of Gopalpur MLA #PradeepPanigrahi slams Odisha govt pic.twitter.com/t7URuwMOUW
— OTV (@otvnews) December 3, 2020
According to SambadEnglish, Sujata. saying that her husband was getting framed, stated, “The governing administration claims that Rs 2.5 crore has been deposited in my husband’s bank account. I accept that. We are prepared to explain on that. Without giving any possibility to set our stand, the governing administration has exerted undue tension on us”.
Adhering to his expulsion from the social gathering following his alleged backlinks with tainted IFS officer Abhay Kant Pathak surfaced, Panigrahi, in a collection of media interviews had threatened to expose the corrupt methods of the Naveen Patnaik-led BJD governing administration in the point out. Following his expulsion, Panigrahi had alleged that there is extensive corruption in the procurement of sub-common pulses for distribution in the mid-working day food programme of the point out govt.
Odisha Govt Vs OTV: A channel harassed for exposing the corruption of the state federal government?
We have before noted how OTV MD Jagi Mangat Panda has alleged that her organisation is currently being focused for coverage of the Naveen Patnaik Government’s alleged corruption. Not too long ago, on November 10, Randhir Singh, father of Jagi Mangat Panda had issued a video clip attractiveness to the Union Household Minister of India, Amit Shah, in search of protection from the excesses of the law enforcement officers in opposition to his relatives and personnel at the channel’s studio in Sarua, Khordha, beneath the pretext of carrying an investigation into a land concern.
It is pertinent to note here that at the web page in-demand at Sarua, Anirudhha Panda was arrested by a group of policemen at 3 AM on Tuesday. The posse of about 15-20 police officers had reportedly climbed the boundary partitions of the studio and hustled absent Panda in the dead of the night with no supplying any rationale.
Previous thirty day period, Ramesh Rath is a senior reporter with Odisha Television (OTV) was allegedly arbitrarily picked up by a group of policemen barely a number of hundred metres from his home and was not permitted any conversation, even with his household customers. The channel had dubbed the arrest as a fallout of Rath reporting about Naveen Patnaik’s chopper operate to assess the flood scenario in the state. The Odisha police excesses, even so, did not quit at this. A working day immediately after Rath’s arrest, a crew of police had reportedly arrived at the business office of the channel to search without warrants for the very same, OTV had mentioned.
Right before this other two workers doing the job for the channel ended up also arrested. Rath and the other two had been arrested in as quite a few as 20 instances, leaving minor doubt among quite a few of the condition-sponsored harassment from the firm workers.
The Odisha Authorities has levelled a host of allegations against OTV and its affiliate organisations. OTV MD Jagi Mangat Panda had in a press launch earlier, asked the Odisha authorities to examine all the allegations levelled in opposition to them but questioned him to quit harassing the workers, forcing lots of to tender their resignations.