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Odisha chit fund scam: ED gets two ex AT honchos on six-day remand

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Apr 6:

The District and Sessions Judge court, Khordha today allowed the Enforcement Directorate (ED) to take former Artha Tatwa (AT) director Sambit Khuntia and accountant Shreekrushna Padhi, arrested by the CBI in connection with the mega chit fund scam in Odisha, on a six-day remand.

Sambit Khuntia, Former AT Group director
Sambit Khuntia, Former AT Group director

ED, which is investigating the money trail in the alleged embezzlement of public deposits worth over Rs 200 crore by the AT Group, expects that their interrogation would help it unravel the company’s dealings with these accused and the land and other properties possessed by the duo in the state.

“Khuntia had reportedly transferred several AT group properties to his name. His interrogation will help us unravel the details of those properties. And interrogation of Padhi, who was the chief accountant of the tainted firm, will help the agency to trace where the company’s money was transferred,” ED sources said.

Khuntia was the head of AT groups office operating in Khurda where the group had reportedly bought more than 100 acres of land. He bought the land in his own name at several places under Khurda tehsil, including Jakara, Managobindpur and Malipada, the sources added.