Odishatv Bureau

Bhubaneswar:  The Enforcement Directorate (ED) today attached the properties of Ignis Technology Solutions Private Limited, a Bengaluru-based IT company having expertise in aerospace engineering, on the charge of defrauding Rs 30 crore from the United Bank of India (UBI) and registered a case against Nihar Samantara, an Odia entrepreneur and one of the directors of the company.

The properties of the IT company attached by the ED include a residential building, two residential apartments, one residential plot in Bengaluru and more than eight acres of arable land on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

Apart from this, ED has also attached the plots of Ignis Technology which were allotted by the Industrial Development Corporation of Odisha (IDCO) in Odisha.

ED in the meanwhile has registered a case under Prevention of Money Laundering Act against Nihar Samantara, one of the directors of the company.

It may be mentioned that following allegations of financial fraud to the tune of Rs 30 crore against the company by the UBI, the CBI had probed into the case.

Talking to OTV, Samantara said the company was running on partnership in which he is one of the directors. “But this partner went abroad without my knowledge after withdrawing Rs 30 crore from UBI by producing fake and forged documents. He took away the entire money with him without investing a single pie in the company. Since that partner is untraceable, the ED has registered a case against me as I am one of the directors and had remained as a personal guarantor,” he added.

Well-known among the non-resident Odias in Bengaluru, Samantara was very close to Union ministers as well as some ministers and MPs of Odisha as he used to invite them as guests to a number of programmes organised by his company. Not only the political leaders, he was used to invite well-known Ollywood actors and some influential personalities of Odisha to the programmes.