Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Apr 30:
As per the directive of a local court in Odisha capital, police registered a cheating case against Air Odisha Aviation Pvt Ltd (AOAPL) and its board of directors here today.
This comes after a city-based jeweller chain moved the Sub Divisional Judicial Magistrate (SDJM) court alleging the private air carrier of duping it of Rs 1.5 crore.
Hearing the case, the SDJM court on Thursday had directed the Khandagiri police to register a case against the company and its directors under section 406, 417, 420, 506 and 120 (B) of IPC and initiate a probe into the matter.
“A case has been registered with Khandagiri police and an investigation has begun,” Twin City Commissioner YB Khurania said.
The petitioners Binod Roy Khimji, managing director of Khimji Jewellers (KD & Sons Pvt Ltd), and its other directors had alleged that the chartered carrier cheated their company of Rs 1.5 crore as they had promised to allot 40% shares of the company as against their investment.
The Khimjis further alleged that the inter-state carrier diverted the money to some other account, in contravention of the agreement between them.
A joint account was to be opened for depositing the revenue generated from ticket sale and the operations. However, the aviation company deposited the money in another account with an ulterior motive, the Khimjis alleged.
Khimji had named AOAPL CMD Radhakanta Pani and its directors Ashutosh Pani and Santosh Pani as accused in the case.
It may be recalled that another investor Sandeep Ray, son of BJP MLA and hotelier Dilip Ray, had also levelled similar charges against AOAPL of cheating and filed a case with Khandagiri police.
Sandeep had claimed that he had invested Rs 80 lakh and was promised 40% stake in the company. Though he got back Rs 40 lakh, he wanted his remaining invested amount. When he asked them to return it, the company resorted to a dilly-dallying tactics and allegedly issued invalid cheques amounting to Rs 40 lakh.