Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Feb 11:
The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today filed a petition before the District and Session Judge court here seeking permission to take Manoj Pattnaik, one the directors of the AT Group, a major player in the Odisha chit fund scam, on a seven-day remand for interrogation into the money trail in the case.
Earlier, the CBI had taken Patnaik on a five-day remand to interrogate him about the larger conspiracy angle in the financial fraud by the AT group.
Pattnaik, who had been handling the AT Group’s gold trading business, had been arrested by the police in connection with the company’s financial fraud on May 31 last year.
Pattnaik, who at the time had managed to get an anticipatory bail in connection with a cheating-case in AT Group, was rearrested after police slapped a second case against him relating to fraud in gold trading by the company.
He had reportedly embezzled nearly Rs 4 crore of AT funds, CBI sources said.