Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Sep 6:
Proving the adage “Charity begins at home”, Artha Tatwa (AT) group, one of the biggest players in the great Odisha chit fund scam, collected the bulk of the money from Ganjam district, company CMD Pradip Sethy’s home turf.
As per the account books of the group seized by the CBI, which is probing the chit fund scam, the AT group of companies mopped up a whopping Rs 110 rcores from Ganjam district alone, sources in the investigating agency said.
Taking the ‘home’ theme further, the group collected the lion’s share of its deposits (Rs 79 crores) from Brahmapur, Sethy’s home town. The other places in Ganjam where substantial collections were made were Polasara (Rs 12 crore), Bhanjanagar (Rs 10 crore) and Chhatrapur (Rs 10 crore).
Balasore district came a distant second with collections of Rs 47 crores. The other places in terms of the volume of transactions were Bhubaneswar capital region with Rs 43 crores, Jagatsinghpur with Rs 30 crores, Cuttack with Rs 27 crores, Aangul with Rs 19 crores, Sambalpur with Rs 16 crores, Paradip with Rs 13 crores, Nayagarh with Rs 11 crores and Balugaon and NTPC, Kaniha with Rs 10 crore each, the sources said.