28 Oct 2014

Manoj Das and the Seashore Chit Fund Scam

[Manoj Das is in the news again for the wrong reasons. This time it is for his association with the scam tainted chit fund company run by the Seashore group in Odisha. As usual he has pretended ignorance and donated the money that he received from the Seashore group (10 lakhs) to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund. But is not that simply an eyewash to exonerate himself? Who will not “offer” or “donate” the money when the law finally catches up on him? We reproduce below some of the news items that have been posted on the web. – Bireshwar] 


THE HINDU


Staff Reporter: Eminent writer Manoj Das donated Rs. 10.45 lakh to Chief Minister’s Relief Fund which he had received as honorarium in his capacity as advisor for magazines published by scam-tainted Seashore Group.

Seashore Sahitya Academy, the literary arm of the Seashore Group, had roped in the celebrated writer as an advisor to publish ‘Sita Sakala’ and ‘Sahitya Pruthivi’.

“I was helping the group with monthly magazines. My sole aim was to promote the monthly magazine for adolescents in Odisha,” the Pondichery-based writer said over phone on Monday.

He said, “I don’t know what the chit fund business is all about. Seashore Group Chairman and Managing Director Prashant Dash met me twice or thrice in the past one year. He had requested me to head Seashore Sahitya Academy. I had, however, declined the offer.”

Meanwhile, the Special Chief Judicial Magistrate (CBI) allowed the CBI to take the Chairman and Managing Director and two directors of Nabadiganta Financial Services on six days’ remand.


The Pioneer


Tuesday, 28 October 2014 | PNS | Bhubaneswar

Following the unsavoury revelations about the Seashore Group in the course of the ongoing CBI investigation into the mega chit fund scam in Odisha, Jnanapeeth award winning writer Manoj Das has donated the honorarium of Rs 10 lakhs he had received from the company to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

Das was the advisor of Sahitya Patrika, a monthly Odia literary magazine, and Kishora Patrika, a monthly Odia magazine for teenagers, published by the Seashore publications division. Apart from contributing articles, he was in-charge of planning the contents of the two magazines, for which the company had paid him a monthly honorarium of Rs 1 lakh for some months. Besides, the company had also paid a monthly honorarium of Rs 5,000 to the assistant of Das for nine months.

After the involvement of the company in the chit fund scam came to light, a columnist had recently sought a clarification from Das as to how he was receiving the money from the company. Besides, a blog in the Facebook had also alleged that the Seashore was giving Das an honorarium of Rs 1 lakh to use his name once a month.

Distraught over these allegations, Das has given the media details of the circumstances leading to his involvement in the two magazines. Besides, he has also donated the total honorarium to the CMRF.


Odisha Sun Times


Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 27:

Taking note of the unsavoury revelations about the Seashore Group of Companies in the course of the ongoing CBI investigation into the mega chit fund scam in Odisha, eminent Indian writer Manoj Das has donated the honorarium of Rs 10 lakh he received from the company to the Chief Minister’s Relief Fund (CMRF).

Manoj Das Das was the advisor of Sahitya Patrika, a monthly Odia magazine and Kishora Patrika, a monthly Odia magazine for teenagers, published by the Seashore publications division. Apart from contributing articles, he was in charge of planning the contents of these two magazines for which the company had paid him a monthly honorarium of Rs 1 lakh for some months.

Besides, the company had also paid a monthly honorarium of Rs 5, 000 to the assistant of Das for nine months.

After the involvement of the company in the mega chit fund scam came to light, a columnist had recently sought a clarification from Das as to how he was receiving the money from the company.

Besides, a blog in the facebook had also alleged that the Seashore was giving Das an honorarium of Rs 1 lakh to use his name once a month.

Distraught over these allegations, Das has given the media details of the circumstances leading to his involvement in these two magazines.

Besides, he has also donated the total honorarium to the CMRF.





 

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