Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 12:
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today interrogated seven people, including Sanjay Behera, Secretary of Football Association of Odisha (FAO), Madhu Mohanty, the owner of Odia newspaper ‘Odisha Bhaskar’ and Manoj Dash, owner of regional news television channel Kamyab TV, for their alleged links with the AT Group and its chief Pradip Sethy.
The others persons grilled by CBI today were land broker Dharmendra Bothra, builder Vineet Lalani and two private bank employees.
Sources said that Mohanty was called for the second time to the CBI office here for interrogation about the links withthe AT group on the basis of the information given by the company chief Sethy. The central agency asked Mohanty about a land deal with Sethy worth Rs 65 lakh in Lumbini Vihar of Chandrasekharpur area, sources in the CBI said.
When asked about the allegations on his way out of the CBI office after his quesioning, Mohanty said that he had come to clarify a few things and declined to say anyhting more.
Bothra was inquired about his land deal with the BJD MLA from Dharmasala in Jajpur district and BJD strongman Kalapataru Das’s son Pranab Balabantaray, sources said. Balabantaray had bought a plot of land in Jaydev Vihar area in the state capital in 2003, but later sold it off Bothra.
The investigating agency today quizzed FAO secretary Sanjay Behera, son of Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Ashirbad Behera, again about the business deals of OCA with the AT Group during OPL, 2011 and about his links with company directors, the sources added.
Earlier, the agency had unearthed some conclusive documents on the huge investments by the AT Group in the Odisha Premier League (OPL) tournaments conducted by the OCA.
The CBI also interrogated Dash about the money he had received from the AT Group chief to launch a TV channel in the State.
Sources said that AT group had paid Rs 90-lakh for a business deal to utilize Dash’s Teleports as the group was preparing to launch six TV channels in the State.
Two employees of two different private banks, who were called to the central agency office, were spotted with stacks of documents with them. When aksed about the documents, one of them said he had come to submit some bank documents related to AT groups’s transactions with the bank.