However, the ruling party MLA did not utter a single word after coming out from the ED office, as he left showing folding hands to the waiting media persons.
The shocking claim has been made by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in its chargesheet based on the statements recorded by producer Pramod Swain.
In the charge sheet, it is mentioned that Archana was blackmailing film producer Akshay Parija with the help of her associate Shraddhanjali. The charge sheet has also mentioned about Archana blackmailing a Nayagarh-based political leader and businessman.
According to sources, the national probe agency has issued notices to the trio asking them to show cause as to why their property will not be attached.
The ED arrested Chand after gathering enough evidence against him. Earlier, the police had arrested him. And now the ED has arrested him in the case.
Raising the issue in Parliament, Suresh Pujari said that the sensational honeytrap and money laundering case has been hitting the headlines in Odisha, leading to the arrest of the alleged kingpin and others.
The Directorate of Enforcement has issued an advertisement inviting applications for engagement of legal consultants.
The court while allowing the investigating agency to take Nag on remand has directed to produce her on December 13.
Although ED officials were tightlipped over the detailed contents of the charge sheet, sources said that a major part of it will relate to the nexus of proceeds going to the bank accounts of Bhattacharya and his family members from different private teachers' training colleges in the state.
The high-budget movie was the Telugu actor's Hindi debut. The film, which also stars boxing legend, Mike Tyson, did not do well and critics gave it a flop status.
The ED officials had grilled film director Puri Jagannadh and actor-turned-producer Charmme Kaur on November 17.
As per sources, Archana, who was involved in one of the biggest sextortion scandals of the State, was staying on rent at Swain’s Jagamara residence.
The ED officials will decide their future course of action on the basis of inputs they will receive from Delhi head office and Kolkata zone office.
The grilling of Shradhanjali has assumed importance in the backdrop of the ED preparing to take Nag and her husband Jagabandhu Chand on remand.
Shradhanjali, who was grilled for around 14 hours by the ED, reportedly told the officials the names of some influential people from whom Archana had extorted money.