Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Jun 20:

Oscar Group chairman Prabhas Rout and company director Prabhat Patnaik were sent to Choudwar Circle Jail here after they were produced before the Cuttack special chit fund court today.

Prabhas Chandra Rout
Prabhas Chandra Rout

While Rout was brought to the court after completion of his five-day remand period, Patnaik was arrested by the Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Odisha Crime Branch from Khallikote area in Ganjam district earlier in the day and produced before the court. The duo was sent to jail as the Crime Branch didn’t apply for fresh remand.

Worth mentioning, the Crime Branch had taken Rout on remand for ten days in two phases of five days each. During interrogation of Rout, the investigating agency has got significant clues regarding links between the firm and Ollywood (Odia film industry), sources said adding that the Crime Branch is likely to interrogate some actors of the cine industry.

Notably, Rout is accused of defrauding customers to the tune of Rs 230 crore in Odisha, Maharashtra and Gujarat.