DSP Pramod Panda arrested in Artha Tatwa scam

Bhubaneswar: After being interrogated for three consecutive days, deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Pramod Panda, who was earlier with Crime Branch in the same capacity, was ultimately arrested by the CBI today on charges of getting financial gratifications from Artha Tatwa and being part of a larger criminal conspiracy.

Till the last report came in, he was being questioned by the Central probe agency over the charges as his relative Jagabandhu Panda was a director of the ponzi firm. He was confronted with Jagabandhu during grilling, sources said.

Panda was suspended in February this year for allegedly threatening chit fund scam petitioner Alok Jena in Delhi. He was reinstated in June and was posted as DSP of District Intelligence Bureau in Nayagarh, the position he still holds.

On November 18, CBI raided his residence in Bhadrak and claimed to have got vital clues about his links with AT group. Apprehending arrest, Panda had moved the court, seeking anticipatory bail, said a CBI officer who is involved in the investigations. However, Court had refused to grant him anticipatory bail.