Chitfund scam: BJD MLA, former Odisha AG among 16 chargesheeted by CBI

The CBI on Thursday chargesheeted BJD MLA Pravat Tripathi, former Attorney General of Odisha Ashok Mohanty in ponzi cheating case.

Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014, 00:09 AM IST
Chitfund scam: BJD MLA, former Odisha AG among 16 chargesheeted by CBI

Bhubaneswar: The CBI on Thursday chargesheeted BJD MLA Pravat Tripathi, former Attorney General of Odisha Ashok Mohanty in ponzi cheating case.

The agency charged 16 individuals and seven companies, including Artha Tatwa Group, for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating, forgery, violation of Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act among others, CBI sources said, as per PTI.

Mohanty, Tripathy, Chairman-cum-Managing Director of the Group PK Sethi have been named as accused in the charge sheet, they said.

"Further investigation with regard to role of other persons in larger conspiracy, money trail and role of other agencies continues," CBI spokesperson Kanchan Prasad said.

The probe against Artha Tatwa group is part of CBI investigation against ponzi scheme operators which is an off shoot of Saradha scam. CBI was entrusted with probe on the orders of Supreme Court this year in May.

CBI has registered 44 FIRs in Odisha against as many chit fund companies. The Supreme Court had handed over the Saradha chit fund scam probe to the CBI and asked the State Governments to provide all logistical help to the agency in this connection.

On December 04, the CBI, which has probing into the multi-crore chitfund scam in Odisha, had said that the agency had got a lot of support from the state government "The agency has got a lot of support from the Odisha government and hope to get more in coming days," S Bagchi, DIG of CBI's Special Investigation Team (SIT) had told reporters, as per PTI..

Earlier, the agency had filed a chargesheet against Green Ray India, which has allegedly duped thousands of depositors of crores of rupees.

The CBI has been assigned investigation into the 44 ponzi firms which allegedly duped lakhs of investors in the state.

With PTI inputs