AT scam: Cop, two former directors named in CBI chargesheet

Bhubaneswar: In a major push forward, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha filed additional chargesheet against Artha Tatwa group in the special CBI court here this evening.

The chargesheet named suspended DSP Pramod Panda and two former directors of the company- Manoj Patnaik and Jagabandhu Panda accusing them of defrauding lakhs of depositors’ money.

Sources in the CBI said, lakhs of rupees were transferred to the bank accounts of Manoj and Jagabandhu from the company. Similarly, around Rs 9 lakh were released to the computer education institute founded by the wife of the suspended DSP.

Cases were slapped under section 120 (B), 420, 406,409 of Indian Penal Code (IPC), the 150-page chargesheet, which contained 30 witnesses, said.

The central agency had filed the first chargesheet against the ponzi firm in December last year which was the second chargesheet in the mega chit fund scam, the first being against Green India Private Ltd.

The chargesheet against AT Group had listed 16 persons including its chief Pradeep Kumar Sethy, BJD MLA from Banki Pravat Tripathy and former advocate general Ashok Mohanty. It too named seven companies run by the AT Group, accusing them of swindling over Rs 200 crore of depositors’ money.