Vikash Sharma

Bhubaneswar: In what could possibly spell fresh troubles for the arrested Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is all set to undertake a detailed probe into his financial transactions.

The ED, which is probing the money laundering allegations against IFS officer Abhay Kant Pathak and his son Akash, has sought several documents including a copy of the FIR registered against Panigrahi by the Crime Branch.

It is pertinent to mention here that the CID, Crime Branch arrested Panigrahi on Thursday evening on charges of forgery, fraud and criminal conspiracy.

Pradeep Panigrahi was arrested for allegedly collecting money on behalf of his would-be son-in-law Akash Pathak.

Akash was earlier arrested on the charges of duping several job aspirants by posing himself as a managing director (MD) at the Tata Motors.

He along with his father Abhay Kant had come under the scanner of the law enforcement agencies after they were found travelling to several parts of the country by chartered flights during the COVID-19 induced lockdown in the country.

The IFS officer was arrested by the Vigilance department on November 27 on charges of possessing assets disproportionate to his know sources of income.