BJD MLA Faces ED Interrogation In Odisha Mining Scam Again

Bhubaneswar: A week after seven-hour-long grilling, BJD Talcher MLA Braja Pradhan deposed before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) for the second time on Friday in connection with his alleged links with the mining scam in Odisha’s mineral-rich Keonjhar district.

According to sources, the ED has detected a number of high-value transactions between Pradhan and former MLA of Champua Jitu Patnaik against whom a money laundering case linked to the multi-crore mining scam was registered in 2018-19. His assets to the tune of Rs 133 crore were attached by the agency in May last year.

Speaking to the media, Pradhan earlier denied his link with any scam. “I furnished my bank statements and explanations about the transactions. I am not linked to any mining scam.”

The BJD had then refused to comment on his interrogation.

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