Artha Tatwa scam: Cops file preliminary charge-sheet

Bhubaneswar: The commissionerate police on Wednesday produced the preliminary charge-sheet before local SDJM court here against seven officials of AT group including its CMD and main accused Pradip Sethi in the multi-crore financial scam case.
Along with Sethi, the police in their 515 pages charge-sheet also stated the names of other staff including CEO Jhuma Chakraborthy, Accountant Mrumaya Siyal and four directors– Manoj Patnaik, Jagabandhu Panda, Srikrushna Padhi and Md Haneef.
Police mentioned that company defrauded 187 investors to the tune of Rs 6.5 crore. The charge-sheet has been prepared basing on the statements of investors, police sources added.
Earlier, police had seized movable and immovable properties of the company including lands, flats and luxury cars worth Rs 200 cr. The police had also frozen over 200 bank accounts of the company in 12 nationalised banks. It was mentioned that original sale deeds of 230 acres of land owned by the group in Bhubaneswar, Jatni, Khurda, Balasore, Remuna, Angul, Pipli, Tangi have also been seized. The company’s links with other influential persons has also been mentioned in the charge-sheet.