Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sept 26:
The CBI, probing into the mega chit fund scam in Odisha, raided eight places in the state including Dhenkanal and Baleswar districts this morning to collect evidence against a major ponzi firm, the Seashore Group of Companies.
A four-member CBI team, after arriving in the Dhenkanal town, went to the Seashore office at Mahavir Bazar and seized some documents. Later, another office of the Seashore Group at Ganesh Bazar area of the town was raided and several documents of the company were seized.
The CBI officials also raided the houses of some close relatives of the Seashore CMD Prasant Kumar Dash.
Till reports last came in, the raids were on.
Besides, another team of CBI has also raided several areas of Baleswar district, the reports added.
CBI’s focus has now shifted from Artha Tatwa Group to the Seashore Group, which allegedly had links with top ruling party politicians and senior level officers.
The CBI had raided 29 places on Thursday including the houses of the Seashore chief Prasant Dash at Jharpada in Bhubaneswar, a senior official of the company and former director of STV Gopal Chandra Sahu at Sarua near Khordha and another senior official at Bharatpur in the state capital.
Apart from this, the CBI officials had also raided the house of former vice president of the company at Kapilaprasad and a Seashore employee’s house at Baramunda and seized several ‘incriminating’ documents.