Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack/Bhubabaneswar, Sep 3:
On Day Two of its ongoing interrogation of Sura Baba alias Surendra Mishra and his two sons, the Odisha Crime Branch has stumbled on the massive wealth that the disgraced fortune-teller had accumulated through a mixture of deceit and illegal acts.
Based on the information ferreted out from the father-son trio during the interrogation, the Crime Branch has unearthed Rs 2.40 crore in bank deposits and unaccounted money in cash.
A Crime Branch team dispatched to the Trahi Achyuta ashram at Jhiinti Sasan today seized seven accounts in the name of the Baba, his wife, two sons and their wives and the Ttrahi Achyuta Trust totalling deposits of Rs 2.40 crore, ADG Bijay Kumar Sharma said.
Besides, several sackfuls of currency notes of Rs 1, 000 denomination were seized by the team from behind the room where the Pothi, the main source of the ashram’s income, is kept.
While it is not yet clear how much the seized cash was worth, what gives a fair idea about the volume is the fact that the Crime Branch has requisitioned several currency counting machines to assess the cash seized.