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Odisha chit fund scam: Produce Manoj Pattnaik tomorrow, CBI court asks Jharpada jail

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Dec 19:

The special CBI court today issued an order to the Jharpada jail authorities asking them to produce Manoj Pattnaik, one the directors of AT Group, a major player in the Odisha chit fund scam, before it tomorrow.

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The CBI had also moved the court to take Pattnaik on a 14-day remand on December 9, the same day it moved the court to take Jagabandhu Panda, another ex-director of AT group on remand. Though the hearing on CBI’s remand plea for Pattnaik too was scheduled the next day, it could not be taken up and would be held tomorrow.

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 arrested 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, CBI sources said.