Ex-Odisha AG held in ponzi scam

Ashok Mohanty, was arrested for his alleged links with Artha Tatwa Group

Bhubaneswar: The CBI probing into chit fund scam in Odisha on Monday arrested former advocate general of of the state, Ashok Mohanty, for his alleged links with the defamed ponzi firm Artha Tatwa Group (AT Group).

He was later brought to the CBI state headquarters in Bhubaneswar and questioned for more than one hour.

Later in the evening, Mr Mohanty was produced in a CBI court here. The probe agency has sought a three-day remand of the former advocate general to quiz him more on his links with the AT Group chief Pradeep Sethy from whom he had bought house in Cuttack in 2013 for 1.01 crore.

The transaction took place when Sethy was absconding to avoid arrest after being boo-ked under a cheating case. It was reported that the ex-AG took the house from Sethy to extend him support against legal proceedings.

Mr Mohanty reportedly could not provide proper details of the transaction. He however, said he had a clear conscience over the matter and insisted he was not involved in any wrongdoing.

( Source : dc correspondent )
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