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Ready for probe into Judeo issue: Patnaik

November 18, 2003 19:55 IST
Last Updated: November 18, 2003 19:56 IST

Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Tuesday said he would welcome any inquiry, including by the Central Bureau of Investigation, into the Orissa angle of the alleged Judeo bribery scandal.

"We follow a transparent policy and strict rules in granting mining leases. If someone talks something baseless all I can say is I am ready for any type of inquiry at any time," Patnaik said.

The CM had on Monday expressed shock over his name being dragged into the issue involving alleged acceptance of bribe by former Union minister of state for environment and forest Dilip Singh Judeo in a mining deal.

"They should not have taken names of governments and the chief minister. It is baseless and absurd," he said.

Referring to the opposition demand for an inquiry into the matter, Patnaik said it was expected of them. "But I don't feel morally weighed down. I always had a clean image and it will continue that way."

On whether he thought there was a conspiracy to tarnish his image, the CM said, "Let's see what happens."

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