Mr Jena, the MP from Balasore, is the sixth BJD leader to face heat from the CBI in the Ponzi scam. Two senior leaders, including sitting Lok Sabha MP from Mayurbhanj, Ramachandra Hansdah, and MLA and senior leader Pravat Tripathy have already been arrested.
After his questioning, Mr Jena spoke to mediapersons and said, "We had some business transactions with the Seashore Group. CBI had summoned me to clarify a few details regarding our transactions with the Ponzi firm, and we have submitted all related documents to them, and we had even some claims against Seashore group. The investigation is underway by the CBI. We want that the innocent investors get back their deposits from the Ponzi firm, and we should also get back our claims."
Before Mr Jena's questioning, the most direct link to Mr Patnaik's BJD in the massive scam was Mayurbhanj MP Rama Chandra Hansdah. In 2011, Mr Hansdah was one of the founding directors of Naba Diganta Capital Services Limited, a company now being investigated by the CBI for running illegal chit fund schemes. The MP says he had resigned from the company in December 2012, though the resignation was accepted only in 2013.
Questions have been raised , particularly by the opposition BJP ,on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik's continued silence over the issue. The only time Mr Patnaik offered his views on the scam was during a visit to Delhi in November 2014, when he told the media, "I don't think it is a setback to BJD as they are individuals. The law will take its course."
The CBI is investigating over 30 companies in relation to the scam, that has robbed lakh of the state's poor of their lifetime savings. Many political connections have emerged in the CBI's investigations, with political leaders of all parties being questioned, and some even being arrested.