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Nexus proof in CBI hands

Bhubaneswar, Aug. 20: A former chief of deposit collection company Swastik India, Ranjan Das, has provided strong evidence to the CBI about the nexus between his previous company and influential people of the state, sources said.

During his interrogation by a team of CBI officials for six hours, Das, who had worked with Swastik India for a brief period, has named the beneficiaries.

“The beneficiaries include all sections of people — shop-owners, businessmen, politicians and ministers,” Das said. The Swastik group was active in 10 districts of the state and also operated in neighbouring Bihar, Jharkhand and Bengal.

However, Das denied having any links with the Artha Tatwa (AT) group, a company that is under the CBI scanner. The central agency today raided two banks in Banki town to trace the money trail of AT group and its alleged links with powerful politicians.

A four-member CBI team conducted searches and seized various documents and bank transactions details of Padhi. The raids on the two branches of Odisha Gramya Bank and Central Co-operative Bank came two days after Tripathy’s house was searched in connection with his alleged links to AT group. Sources said the CBI had raided both banks to ascertain the details of Padhi’s banking transactions.

Police today clarified that it had done its investigation properly into the activities of the AT group and had deposited all the papers to the CBI. “Based on the evidence, the central agency can arrest any one,” said police commissioner R.P. Sharma.

The clarification came after questions were raised about how the police had framed the charge sheet against the AT group without conducting a raid on its premises at Kharavela Nagar.

Even during its interrogation of the AT group chief Pradeep Sethy, the police had put 150 questions to him but not one of them was related to his alleged link with politicians.

In another development, Balasore police today arrested two directors of another sham deposit collection firm, Wiseman Resources India Limited, on the charge of cheating investors. The accused have been identified as Pravash Jena and Ramesh Patra. The company had siphoned money to the tune of about Rs 2 crore from the investors.