Devbrat Patnaik

Bhubaneswar: Akash Pathak - the son of tainted IFS officer Abhaykant Pathak - who has been accused of defrauding people promising them jobs in Tata Motors Limited (TML), will be taken on a 5-day remand by the State Crime Branch from tomorrow.

The SDJM court in Bhubaneswar allowed CB to take Pathak on remand for five days for further investigation in connection with the job scam.

Pathak is accused of conspiring with Gopalpur MLA Pradeep Panigrahi and cheating several job seekers to the tune of crores of rupees on the pretext of employing them with the Tata Motors. For this, Pathak had also allegedly impersonated himself as the MD of the company.

The Crime Branch, probing the fake recruitment drive by Pathak, had arrested MLA Panigrahi in this job fraud case few days back. Panigrahi has been charged with various IPC sections and the IT Act 2000 for allegedly collecting money on behalf of Akash Pathak for the fake recruitment drive.

The Tata Motors had filed an FIR against Akash alleging that he had conned many unemployed youths on the pretext of providing them jobs at the Tata Motors Limited. Akash allegedly impersonated himself as MD of Tata Motors Pune Passenger Division and CEO designate, read the FIR copy.

However, Akash while being taken for his production before the court earlier this week, told reporters that he was associated with Tata Motors but the company is not supporting him now. “It is a conspiracy against me and my family. We are not allowed to speak anything now. I will reveal everything and give all the details after I come out,” Akash had said.

Notably, Akash and his father Abhay Pathak are in judicial custody following their arrests on November 27 in a disproportionate assets case filed by the vigilance department.

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