Cuttack councillor held in fraud case

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  • Published 8.04.14

Cuttack, April 7: The CID-crime branch police today arrested newly elected Independent councillor of the civic body Chittaranjan Das, who had been wanted in an alleged real estate cheating and forgery case.

Das had allegedly cheated a number of persons and taken away more than Rs 1 crore. He had reportedly been absconding.

“Chittaranjan Das was picked up from an Indian Airlines flight from Bangalore after it landed at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi with the assistance of Delhi police and the Central Industrial Security Force,” additional director-general of police (crime) B.K. Sharma told The Telegraph today.

“Das was produced before the Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Court, New Delhi, and is being brought to Cuttack on a three-day transit remand for further interrogation,” Sharma said.

A petition filed in Orissa High Court had alleged that when victims of the land fraud cases had approached the police in the past, they were told that the accused, Chittaranjan Das, had been absconding. But, the accused had contested the last civic body elections and became an Independent councillor of the Cuttack Municipal Corporation.

On March 14, the high court had sought a status report on the alleged cases pending against Das. The additional director-general of police (crime) was asked to verify and submit the report.

The CID-crime branch had registered a case and taken over investigation on November 24, 2011, into a case from Saheed Nagar police station in Bhubaneswar following direction of Lok Pal, Odisha on a complaint filed by one Mohinidhar Patnaik.

It was alleged that Das had cheated and forged documents in connivance with bank officials. He had advertised that his company would provide house project and plots at Pubasasan, Pipili with various facilities.

The additional director-general of police (crime) said: “A 12-member special team, led by inspector general of police Y.B. Khurania, tracked down Chittaranjan Das to the Delhi-bound plane from Bangalore today from his banking transaction details.”

“We will now try to invoke the Odisha Investors’ Protection Act against Das. Further investigation is needed to find out other links and officials of his company, the extent of land fraud and the money duped from various people,” Sharma said.

Das has been named accused in eight cases, four of which are pending in the court.