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MLA Pravat Tripathy appears before ED over AT chit fund scam


Bhubaneswar: Banki MLA Pravat Tripathy today appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) reportedly in connection with the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group chit fund scam.

“The ED had sought some documents related to my bank accounts and movable & immovable properties. I have submitted the same today. It has also given me time of ten days to submit some other documents which couldn’t be submitted by me today,” Tripathy said after coming out of the ED office.

He was questioned by the ED officials for around four hours, reports said.

The legislator was arrested by the CBI on October 31, 2014 for his alleged involvement in the scam.

He was later granted bail by the Orissa High Court on March 3, 2015.

The CBI in its preliminary charge sheet in the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group case had accused him of receiving Rs 42 lakh from the tainted company in return for the patronage extended to it.

As per the chargesheet, Tripathy, in the capacity of president of Odisha Cooperative Union from 2008 to 2011, had used his clout over the Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies to register the cooperative society ‘Artha Tatwa Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Limited’ at short notice.