Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Dec 11:
The CBI today filed its preliminary chargesheet in the case against the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, a major player in the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam in Odisha.
Investigating Officer (IO) of the case G K Pradhan and senior counsel K C Mishra submitted the chargesheet against 16 persons, including AT Group chief Pradeep Kumar Sethy, BJD MLA from Banki Pravat Tripathy and former Advocate General Ashok Mohanty, in the special CBI court here.
The charge sheet, containing 233 pages and cites 304 witnesses, has slapped charges sections against the accused under several sections of the IPC, including 120 (B), 406, 411, 409, 420, 468, 471 of IPC and sections 4, 5, 6 of the Prize Chitt and Money Circulation (Banning) Act, 1978.
The preliminary charge sheet against the AT group said it duped investors of at least Rs 200 crore by floating seven companies in the state: AT Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society, AT Multi state Cooperative society, AT Infra India Limited, AT Enterprises Private Ltd, Orison Properties Pvt Ltd, Kamyab TV Private Ltd, Tilakraj Publication Private Limited.
Ccourt officials, however, refused to reveal how many pages the charge sheet contained.
The chargesheet filed today is only a preliminary one to meet the statutory requirement of filing the chargesheet within 120 days and a supplementary chargesheet could follow, said sources in the CBI.
This is the second chargesheet filed by the CBI in the mega chit fund scam in Odisha which it is investgating as per the ordersof the Supreme Court.
The CBI’s first chargesheet in the chit fund scam case was against Green India Private Limited on December 2.
Complete list of the 16 persons charge sheeted today:
1- Pradeep Sethy, Chief Managing Driector (CMD)