Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jul 20:
Enforcement Directorate (ED) sleuths grilled Anurag Patnaik, son of miner Indrani Patnaik, at the ED office in the Odisha capital for seven long hours in connection with the ongoing probe in an illegal iron ore mining case.
Anurag appeared before ED office at about 10 AM and was closeted with ED sleuths till about 5 pm.
“I was asked questions related to the accounts of All Trade, a company in which I am a director. I have nothing to do with Indrani Patnaik Mines,” Anurag told waiting media persons after coming out of the marathon grilling.
ED sources said they have traced financial transactions between All Trade, in which Anurag’s father, mother and brother are also directors, and Indrani Patnaik Mines. All Trade, which is yet to be registered, deals in iron ore, they added.
ED suspects that All Trade is a front company that received part of the Rs 1009 crores from Indrani Patnaik & Co.
Earlier, the Central Investigating team had summoned several officials working at Sirajuddin & Co, Indrani Patnaik mines, Triveni Earthmovers and a transport company in which Champua MLA Sanatan Mahakud is a partner following simultaenous searches in 15 locations spread across Odisha, Kolkata and Tamil Nadu in connection with the illegal iron ore mining case on July 9.