CBI grills Seashore chief, brother, Subhankar

Bhubaneswar: Intensifying its probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam in the state, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Tuesday interrogated Seashore Group CMD Prashant Kumar Dash, his brother Prabhat Dash and Subhankar Nayak, an alleged conduit between the Ponzi firm and political leaders, bureaucrats and police officers of the State, in Jharpada jail here.

According to sources, CBI SP and an investigating official are interrogating the trio at the circle jail in connection with the Group’s multi-crore chit fund scam.

The Central investigation agency had also grilled the trio at the circle jail on Saturday and Sunday.

Notably, the special CBI court has granted the central agency three days to complete the questioning of the trio, jail sources added.

Last month, the agency swung into action and searched the Nayak’s flat in a housing apartment in the city in connection with its probe into the Seashore Group.

A team from the probe agency also questioned the owners of the flat, which was rented by Nayak. All through the two-year probe, Nayak has remained under the scanner of the investigating agency.

In a related development, the Orissa High Court on June 28 issued notice to the State government to file a counter on a petition filed by M/s Seashore Securities Limited, challenging the constitutional validity of Odisha Protection of Interests of Depositors (in Financial Establishment) Act of 2011. The legislation and the rules framed under it in 2013 arm the State with the power to initiate punitive action against those embezzling public money by floating shady financial firms.

The next hearing in the matter has been posted for August 2.