Dilip Kumar

Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police has taken Akash Pathak on a four-day remand on Thursday to interrogate him into the allegations of Rs 65 lakh fraud levelled by Sky King, a Bhubaneswar-based travel agency.

The District and Sessions Court, Khurdha has granted the remand of Pathak. The accused has also filed a bail application in the same case.

The Sky King Travel agency had registered a complaint at Kaharavela Nagar police station on December 2, accusing him of defrauding the agency of over Rs 65 lakh.

Based on the complaint of Sky King Agency, the police had moved the court seeking remand of the accused Akash Pathak for interrogation, said Bhubaneswar DCP Umashankar Dash.

“There is a need of custodial interrogation of the accused. So, we had moved the court seeking his remand. The court has allowed us to take him on four-day remand. A special investigating team has been formed to investigate his cheating and forgery cases. The team will quiz him to extract more information for further action,” the DCP added.

According to reports, Akash and his father Abhaykant Pathak had booked chartered flights, five star hotels and air tickets through the agency which cost around Rs 2.78 crore. However, they had paid Rs 2.13 crore while outstanding bill of Rs 65,16,233 is yet to be cleared, the agency alleged..

The company further alleged that the father-son duo threatened the officials of the Sky King of dire consequences when the latter approached to repay the bill.

Sky King used to book charted flights, hotels in the name of Akash as he is a regular customer. The flight bookings were made for several destinations including Jamshedpur, Pune, Mumbai, Patna and Delhi,” said an employee of Sky King.

Earlier in May, the Tata Motors Limited (TML) had lodged a complaint against Akash with the Crime Branch allegeing that he had cheated youths by impersonating him as a Managing Director of Tata Motors with the false promise of giving them job

Abhaykant, a senior IFS officer and his son Akash were arrested by the Vigilance on November 27 for allegedly accumulating massive “ill-gotten” wealth. During a country-wide search, the vigilance stumbled upon many incriminating papers and documents pertaining to Benami properties and bank deposits worth over Rs 9.35 crore, which was about 435 per cent more than his known sources of his income.