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BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy meets Naveen

Bhubaneswar: Banki MLA Pravat Tripathy today met BJD president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik at Naveen Niwas a day after the latter revoked the suspension order on the former.

On Friday, Patnaik revoked the suspension order on Tripathy, who is representing Banki Assembly constituency in the Assembly. He was suspended from the party minutes after his arrest by the CBI in October 2014 for his alleged involvement in Artha Tatwa Group chit fund scam. However, the party did not cite any reason behind revoking Tripathy's suspension.

The revocation of suspension decision came five days after the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)'s petition challenging the bail relief granted to Tripathy, in connection with chit fund scam, by Orissa High court in 2015.

On October 31, 2014, minutes after being arrested by the CBI for alleged link with the Artha Tatwa Group, a ponzi company involved in the multi-crore chit fund scam, Tripathy was suspended from the BJD by party president Naveen Patnaik.

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