Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 22:
The Khordha district judge court today deferred the hearing on a fresh bail plea moved by Manoj Das, owner of a local television channel and an accused in the Odisha chit fund scam, to September 24.
Manoj was arrested by the CBI for his suspected links with the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, a key player in the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam in Odisha.
On Tuesday (September 16), special chief judicial court (CBI) court had sent Dash to jail on a 14-day judicial custody after rejecting his bail application by the court.
Das and Madhu Mohanty, proprietor of Odia newspaper ‘Odisha Bhaskar’, were arrested by the CBI on September 14 for their suspected complicity in the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group scam.
Das had allegedly taken Rs 90 lakh from AT Group CMD Pradip Sethy for leasing out bandwidth for operating six television channels in the tele ports owned by him. On the other hand, Sethy had claimed during interrogation by the CBI that Dash had taken the money as a loan from him and had not returned it.
During interrogations by the CBI, Dash managed to produce document/agreement pertaining to the leasing of bandwidth for operating only one television channel in his teleport for Rs 15 lakh to Sethy while failing to produce documents for the other bandwidths for operating five more channels and failed to account for the rest Rs 75 lakh, said sources.