Chitgate: Quizzing bigwigs may open Pandora
Bhubaneswar: The Commissionerate Police is hopeful to extract valuable information from the big shots regarding their alleged link with arrested Artha Tatwa (AT) group CMD Pradeep Sethi and his companies during interrogation on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Police on Saturday summoned as many as 22 people, including Orissa Cricket Association (OCA) Secretary, a few media house owners and a film producer for interrogation.
Prominent among those who have been served notices include OCA Secretary Ashirbad Behera, Oriya film producer Anurag Sahu, builders Satyabrata Dhir, Debabrata Dhir, Sagar Ray and Vineet Lalani, and media house owners Bikash Swain, Lipi Das and Madhu Mohanty, sources said.
According to officials, they have been asked to appear before police in person at Kharvel Nagar police station on Tuesday and Wednesday.
During interrogation, after his arrest on May 12, Sethi had revealed names of a few media house owners, film producers, builders and businessmen in connection with the fraud cases against the group.
Police has so far seized 12 expensive cars including a Jaguar (over Rs1.33 cr), an SUV and a power bike owned by AT Group CMD Pradeep Sethi.
Meanwhile, OCA general secretary Ashirbad Behera told OTV that AT Group was the sponsor of Odisha Ranji trophy in 2010-11.
"The company (AT Group) was the main sponsor of the first edition of Odisha Primer League (OPL). OCA has received total Rs 1 crore from the company for advertisement," Behera added.