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Odisha chit fund scam: Six accused to appear before courts tomorrow


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 23:

Six of the nine persons arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) so far, who are either lodged in Jharpada jail or have been taken on remand in connection to the multi-thousand crore scam involving the Odisha-based ponzi firm AT Group, would be produced in the courts here tomorrow.
Sources in the CBI said Ranjan Dash, co-founder of the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group and founder of Swastik India Multi-State Cooperative Agency, Manoj Das, owner of a local television channel, Pradip Sethy, CMD of AT Group will be produced before the District and Sessions Judge Court, Khordha here.

The court will hear the bail petitions filed by their counsels.

Earlier the Special Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Court (CBI) had rejected the bail plea of these accused and had sent them to judicial custody.

The CBI will also produce former Accountant General (AG) Ashok Mohanty, Odia newspaper owner Madhu Mohanty and real estate broker Dharmendra Bothra before the special CJM court here tomorrow.

The 2-day, 10-day and 4-day CBI remand of the former AG, newspaper owner Mohanty and Bothra respectively will end on Wednesday.

The courts will hear their bail plea as well as the CBI’s prayer to sending all the accused to judicial custody tomorrow.

The Odisha High Court in Cuttack is likely to take up the anticipatory bail application of the BJD MLA Prabhat Tripathy for hearing on Wednesday.

After his house was raided by the CBI team probing the chit fund scam in August, the former government chief whip and BJD MLA from Banki had moved the Odisha High Court on September 15, seeking anticipatory bail.

Tripathy was interrogated for over 5 hours at the Bhubaneswar CBI office the next day (September 16), in connection with his alleged links with AT Group chief Pradip Sethy.

He had, however, refused to divulge anything to the media about the interrogation.

It may be mentioned here that the CBI, during simultaneous raids on the houses of Tripathy at Banki and at Kaligali in Cuttack, had seized some important documents apparently confirming his links with the AT Group.