Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Nov 13:
The special CBI court here rejected the bail petitions of senior BJD leader and Banki MLA Pravat Tripathy and two builders – Vineet Lalani and Dilip Mohanty – who have been arrested by the CBI for their alleged links to the Odisha chit fund scam, this evening and remanded them to judicial custody till November 26.
They will be produced in the court on November 26, the court ordered.
After the rejection of their bail plea, Tripathy and the the two biulders were taken to the Jharpada jail here.All three of them were produced in the court today after their 13-day remand period ended.
Moving the bail petition on behalf of his client, Tripathy’s counsel Omprakash Ray cited there grounds for giving bail to the BJD leader: the forthcoming Assembly session from November 20, his poor health condition in the wake of a hip replacement surgery that he underwent recently and the absence of any evidence other than the audio CD produced in the court.
On the other hand, CBI counsel Kali Charan Mishra argued against bail to Tripathy saying he could tamper with evidence and influence witnesses if released on bail.
After hearing arguments from the two sides, the judge rejected the Tripathy’s bail plea.
The special CBI sourt also rejected two bail petitions moved on behalf of Ranjan Dash, a founding member of the AT group, who later formed his own company named Swastik India.
Ealier in the day, the Khurda district and sessions court here had rejected the bail petitions of Mumbai based model and television serial producer Preeti Bhatia, who was arrested by the CBI for her dubious deals with Pradeep Sethy, CMD of AT group and a key player in the chit fund saga.
The court will hear the bail pleas of Mumbai stock broker Deepak Parekh tomorrow while the bail petitions of others would be taken at various dates in November and December.
A total of 26 accused persons were produced in the two courts today, making it one of the biggest parades of accused in the chit fund scam in the court premises here.