CBI files second chargesheet in Seashore chit fund scam

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has filed second charge-sheet in the multi-crore Seashore chit fund scam against five persons including BJD MLA Prabhat Biswal and his wife Laxmibilasini.

In the 100-page document, the investigating agency has indicted Prabhat Biswal of availing financial benefits from Seashore Group by allowing the company to operate its business in several parts of Choudwar and Jagatpur areas in Cuttack.

Biswal was earlier arrested in connection with the incident in September 2017.

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Earlier, both Biswal and his wife were quizzed by the CBI several times in connection with a land deal with Seashore CMD Prashant Das. The couple had failed to provide necessary documents including sale deed of the land and obtained a financial benefit of Rs 25 lakh with the help of forged documents.

Apart from Biswal, charge-sheet has also named retired OAS officer Pradeep Hota and his wife Pratima Hota for showing undue favours to the company.

The accused officer had allegedly extended undue favours to the ponzi firm when he was the managing director of Agricultural Promotion and Investment Corporation Limited (APICOL) from 2008 to 2011.

A case under section 420, 120 (B) has been registered against all five accused while names of 60 persons have been mentioned as witness in the case. The investigation has been kept open, CBI sources said.