Ponzi Scam Accused Spotted At VVIP Gallery Of Barabati Stadium: Who Gave Him The ‘Entry Pass’?

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21 December 2017


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Cuttack: Four months after securing bail from the Orissa High Court, Seashore chit fund scam accused Subhankar Nayak was spotted watching the India-Sri Lanka T20 tie here at Barabati Stadium.

The ‘matter’ was not that sensitive, till lens men and scribes realised that Nayak was a spectator at the VVIP enclosure of the stadium, which has restricted access.

Nayak was seen in the BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) Box of Barabati Stadium, among top brass of the Odisha Police and State Administration on Wednesday.

The BCCI Box is reserved for senior officers, ministers, sports persons and members of the Orissa Cricket Association. Only those with VVIP passes are allowed to sit here, which has raised eyebrows on how Nayak secured the pass.

The Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) officials feigned ignorance on the matter. "We do not know who Subhankar Nayak is. We will not be able to identify him. There are around 200 seats in the BCCI Box which are allotted to important persons. How the passes are circulated further, that is not our responsibility," OCA working committee chairman Dhiren Palei said.

While such passes are distributed to people across different spectrum, under strict vigil, Nayak could have got it from an acquaintance. “Under no circumstances, he was an official beneficiary of the complimentary passes,” an OCA official said, requesting anonymity.

Notably, the HC has granted Nayak conditional bail in the Seashore chit fund scam this year on August 1. The court had directed him to furnish two sureties of Rs 2 lakh each and either Rs 5 lakh cash or property surety. This apart, the Court has also barred Nayak from travelling outside Odisha.

Nayak, allegedly a conduit between the blacklisted ponzi firm and 'influential persons' of the State, was arrested by the CBI on November 18, 2014. The CBI had raided his house in Chandrama Apartments in Bhubaneswar.

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Dhiren Palei, Working Committee Chairman, Orissa Cricket Association