Rashmi Ranjan

The Enforcement Directorate, which is currently probing the financial transactions in the honey trap case, is likely to attach the property of mastermind Archana Nag, her husband Jagabandhu Chand and their aide Khageswar Patra.

According to sources, the national probe agency has issued notices to the trio asking them to show cause as to why their property will not be attached.

"There is a high possibility of ED attaching the property of Archana Nag, her husband and their associate, as the trio cannot provide necessary documents supporting sources of their income. The ED may attach their all movable and immovable assets," senior lawyer Manas Chand said. 

Meanwhile, the district judge court in Bhubaneswar has allowed the probing agency to grill Archana and her associate Patra inside the jail on January 4 and 5, respectively. At present, the trio are lodged at Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar.

In a fresh development, Odia film producer Pramod Swain on Tuesday deposed before the ED for the third time. The probing agency questioned him regarding financial transactions of Archana, sources informed.

It is pertinent to mention here that the Police had arrested Archana on October 7 on charges of honey-trapping bigwigs and extorting money from them. 

Later, on October 21, Nag’s husband Jagabandhu Chand was also arrested from their Satya Vihar residence in Bhubaneswar.