Ramakanta Biswas

Shradhanjali Behera, the associate of Archana Nag, reportedly revealed how she was used by the accused for honey trapping high-profile people and how the deals were being fixed.

Shradhanjali, who was grilled for around 14 hours by the ED, reportedly told the officials the names of some influential people from whom Archana had extorted money. 

She also shared modus operandi adopted by Archana to capture photographs and shoot videos of victims to trap them and extort money.

On the basis of Shradhanjali’s statement, the ED is likely to summon many people whose names have surfaced and question them to dig more into the case.

Besides, the enforcement agency is reportedly planning to bring mastermind Archana on remand. The ED may file production petition and remand petition in this regard in the court today. 

On the other hand, the second phase remand of Khageswar Patra, another accused in the case, came to an end today. The ED may send the accused to judicial custody. 

Sources revealed that the ED will conduct face-to-face grilling of Archana and Shradhanjali. The enforcement agency has today summoned a business who happens to be the nephew of a politician.

So far, the ED has questioned Odia film producer Akshay Parija twice in the case. While he was questioned for around 10 hours on Tuesday, the cine producer again faced 12 hours of grilling on Wednesday.