Chit fund scam: CBI questions Astha chief’s brother

Bhubaneswar: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which is investigating the multi-crore chit fund scam in Odisha, questioned Chandrasekhar Lenka, brother of Ponzi firm Astha International’s state head Subhransu Lenka, at its office here on Tuesday.

According to reports, the CBI grilled Chandrasekhar over the financial transactions of the Ponzi firm.

Chandrasekhar, who appeared before the investigating agency for the first time, was questioned whether he had done any fiscal transactions with his brother Subhransu, who was arrested by the Economic Offence Wing (EOW) of the Crime Branch on June 8, 2013 on the charge of embezzling about Rs 100 crore from investors in the state, reports added.

On February 15, the Special CBI court here had allowed the CBI to take Chandrasen Shivaji Chouhan, another director of the company arrested by Surat police in connection with the chit fund scam and brought to Bhubaneswar later, on an eight-day remand till February 22.

The company had opened two offices in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur in 2010 and duped investors of more than Rs 100 crores promising them to give high returns under various schemes. Astha International had spread its operations to West Bengal apart from running real estate schemes in Odisha.