Published: 20 March 2014
Union Minister Srikant Jena has levelled serious allegations against BJD's Lok Sabha candidate from Balasore, Mr. Rabindra Kumar Jena, saying there was an unholy nexus between CM Naveen Patnaik, IMFA and Balasore Alloys, where chromite worth Rs 20,000 crore, was looted from the state. It can be recalled that RK Jena had recently joined the BJD and managed to get a Lok Sabha seat from the prestigious seat like Balasore despite having no political experience or expertise.
Srikant Jena, who is contesting from Balasore Lok Sabha seat as the Congress candidate, has targeted RK Jena, who served as the Co-Chief Executive Officer at Balasore Alloys Ltd. from January 31, 2007 till January 30, 2009, and then as the Managing Director from January 30, 2009 until November 2011.
Srikant demanded a CBI probe into the nexus between CM Naveen Patnaik, MFA (owned by BJD MP Baijayant Panda and his family), Balasore Alloys (owned by Pramod Mittal) and its former MD Rabindra Jena. Both Baijayant Panda (Kendrapara) and Rabindra Jena (Balasore) are the Lok Sabha candidates in 2014 polls.
“The chromite loot has been thoroughly exposed by the case registered by Maheswar Panigrahi, Sub-divisional magistrate (SDM), in the court of JMFC, Jajpur Road on 12 March this year, under directions from Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF), Jena said in a press release.
"In the affidavit, the SDM has clearly mentioned that two companies (Balasore Alloys and IMFA) have grossly violated environmental clearances (ECs) and illegally mined nearly 25 lakh metric tonnes of Chromite over the last 10 years, amounting to more than Rs. 20,000 crores in value", he further added.