Odisha Govt spent Rs 48 lakh in Chit Fund case in SC: Minister

Bhubaneswar, Nov 25: Odisha government has bore the expenses of Rs 48.02 lakh so far towards advocate fees in the chit fund case in the Supreme Court. This was informed by state finance minister Pradip Kumar Amat to the House.

While replying to a question by Congress MLA from Jharsuguda Naba Das in Odisha Assembly on Monday, the minister said that a part of payment has been made in the case while rest will be paid later.

The minister informed the House that the state government had filed three affidavits in the apex court in connection with the ponzi scam. While two were filed on July 31, September 30 in 2013, the third was on April 7, 2014.

Explaining to the House, Amat said that Sibasish Mishra was appointed as the Advocate-on-Record on July 30, 2013 and senior advocate Gopal Subramaniam was the special adviser on September 11, 2013.

While Mishra has been paid Rs. 6,000 so far and his pending dues is Rs. 33,000, Subramanyam has been paid Rs 12.10 lakh and his arrears dues amount is Rs 35.53 lakh, the Minister stated.