Bhubaneswar: Justice R K Patra Commission of Inquiry, constituted to probe the multi-crore chit fund scam in the State, will start hearing complaints from September 6 even as thousands of duped depositors are waiting with bated breath to get justice.
An announcement would be made in a day or two seeking affidavits from such depositors, who invested their money in several fly-by-night financial companies.
“The Commission will issue a notification in this regard in Odia and English newspapers,” Justice Patra said.
The aggrieved individuals can submit their affidavits in person at the Commission’s office opened at police headquarters, Cuttack as well as by correspondence within a stipulated time period of four weeks.
Upon verification of the affidavits, the Commission will issue notice to the depositors to testify before it.
Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik had on July 9 announced name of Justice Patra, retired chief justice of Sikkim High Court and former chairman of Odisha Human Rights Commission, after Orissa High Court informed the State Government that no sitting judge could be spared to head the Commission of Inquiry.
As per government figures, sham financial firms including Seashore Group, Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, Green Ray International, Aastha International, Rose Valley, have swindled some 4,375 crore from 6.90 lakh depositors in the State.
Similarly, as many as 280 complaints have been registered against 127 companies in various police stations and Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Crime Branch while 315 persons have been arrested in connection with the scam.