Reported By Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 19:
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today filed the preliminary charge sheet against six persons, including Mayurbhanj MP Rama Chandra Hansda, former MLAs Hitesh Bagarti and Subarna Nayak, at special CBI court in Odisha capital for alleged involvement in the chit fund scam.
The charge sheet has accused six persons including Mayurbhanj MP Rama Chandra Hansda, former MLAs Hitesh Bagarti and Subarna Nayak, all directors of Nabadiganta Capital Service Limited.
The 130-pages charge sheet, containing 110 witnesses and list of document seized, was submitted by investigating officer Sanjay Kumar Samal along with CBI senior counsel Kali Charan Mishra.
Notably, CBI has already filed preliminary charge sheets against Green India, Artha Tatwa (AT) Group and Micro Finance Limited (MFL) in connection with the mega chit fund scam in Odisha.
The charge sheet has also named company CMD Anjan Baliarsingh and Directors Pradip Patnaik and Kartikeya Parida who are now lodged in Jharpada jail here.
These six persons have cheated more than Rs 8 crore from the investors by floating four companies such as Nabadiganta Capital services Ltd (NCSL), Nabadiganta Agro Industries Ltd (NAIL), Nabadiganta Project Limited and Nabadiganta Properties Limited. The charge sheet have named only two companies—NCSL and NAIL— as money were diverted and collected in the name of these companies.
The charge sheet has slapped charges against the accused under several sections of the IPC, including 120 (B), 409, 420 of IPC and sections 4, 5, 6 of the Prize Chit and Money Circulation (Banning) Act, 1978.
The charge sheet filed today is only a preliminary one to meet the statutory requirement of filing the charge sheet within 120 days and a supplementary charge sheet could follow, sources in the CBI said.
As part of its ongoing investigation into the chit fund scam, the CBI had raided the houses of three politicians– Mayurbhanj MP Rama Chandra Hansda and former MLAs Hitesh Bagarti and Subarna Nayak– on July 31 last year.
Cash worth Rs 28 lakh and some incriminating documents had been seized in the raid at Hansda’s Rairangpur residence.
After several rounds of questioning, the CBI arrested the three on November 5.
Earlier on October 26 last year, the agency had arrested Nabadignata CMD Anjan Baliarsingh and Directors Pradip Patnaik and Kartikeya Parida.
Sources in the CBI said Nabadiganta has swindled over Rs 100 crore from the people of the state.
The company had opened as many as 50 accounts in Axis, IDBI, ICICI and Allahabad Bank in the state, including in Brahmapur and Bhubaneswar, and collected money from the people by promising them attractive returns.