Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda under ED scanner

Bhubaneswar: The Enforcement Directorate has put arrested Maoist leader Sabyasachi Panda under scanner over dubious financial transactions. A four-member team of ED began interrogation of Panda at Berhampur Jail today.

According to sources, the ED team questioned Panda about the sources of funds, persons involved in funding and how much money has been collected from these sources.

The agency is also investigating the amount of property accumulated by Panda and whether his family has benefited from Maoist funds, sources said.

Sources also revealed that more than 5 Maoist leaders of Odisha have been found involved in illegal financial transactions.

In the recent past, the Union Home Ministry had instructed National Investigation Agency (NIA) to probe the assets of Maoist leaders.

In February this year, ED had attached property worth Rs 86 lakh of Jharkhand’s top Maoist leader Sandeep Yadav. Similarly, the department had attached Rs 68 lakh of 2 top Maoist leaders from Bihar –Pradyuman Sharma and Pramod Sharma.