Odia film producer Pramod Swain on Tuesday claimed that he was one of the victims of the honey trap racket operated by Archana Nag and was blackmailed by her.
Swain, who was the former landlord of Archana, appeared before the Enforcement Directorate officials in connection with the case today.
As per sources, Archana, who was involved in one of the biggest sextortion scandals of the State, was staying on rent at Swain’s Jagamara residence.
Archana, her husband Jagabandhu Chand, and their accomplices, Khageswar Patra and Shraddhanjali Behera used to carry out their blackmailing racket from the premises of the house.
As per the reports, Nag used to stay on the first floor of the rented accommodation and was joined by Shraddhanjali after she moved into the same house and started staying on the ground floor. This was the first time when the duo came in contact for the first time.
Swain, who arrived at the ED office for questioning in the case today, told the media persons, “I was blackmailed by Archana. She and her associate Shradhanjali Behera had been staying in my house.”
Previously, the Archana had filed a police complaint against Swain for allegedly harassing her which was later countered by the latter and resolved amicably.
The case was filed in connection with non-payment of house rent by Archana Nag, who allegedly blackmailed the producer to use the premises without rent and threatened him with legal action by filing false cases.
(Reported by Alok Mohanty)