Devbrat Patnaik

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is tightening its noose around the lady blackmailer honey-trap case in Bhubaneswar which has been the talk of the town for over a month now. With each passing day, the investigation of ED into the sensational case involving Archana Nag is gaining steam.

Wednesday morning, Shradhanjali Behera, an associate of Archana, reached the ED office in Bhubaneswar after receiving a summon notice by the enforcement agency. Even Odia film producer Akshay Parija who had brought allegations against Archana and Shradhanjali for allegedly framing him, also appeared before the ED for questioning for the second consecutive day.

Before entering the ED office, Parija who was mobbed by mediapersons said, "Be it Sambad, OTV or Kanak, they have all reported sensibly. But a few other (news) channels, I wouldn’t name them here, are ‘irresponsibly’ reporting baseless things. I might drag all of them to the court. I am a victim; it’s not good to spread such lies against me. I will share all details after interrogation today."

As per reports, filmmaker Parija had filed a complaint at Nayapalli police station accusing Archana of capturing his intimate photographs and demanding Rs 3 crore thereafter.

Parija's lawyer Akash Bhuiyan who has accompanied him to ED office said, "Because we have lodged the complaint, being victim or complainant, whatever information or evidence is sought from us, we will comply with that. We assume there were no financial transactions. Interrogation in connection with blackmailing, conspiracy and extortion is underway. Akshay Parija is an established figure, all of you should understand that the viral photo could be morphed, and we are going to prove that. We will take the help of law. We are also planning to file a defamation suit. We will fully cooperate with the agency."

If sources are to be believed, ED will simultaneously grill Parija, Shradhanjali and Khageswar Patra, who happens to be another associate of Archana and her husband Jagabandhu, arrested a few days back for his alleged involvement in the case.

(Reported by Alok Mohanty)