CBI arrests owners of two Orissa media groups

The two were grilled by the CBI for hours.

Written by Debabrata Mohanty | Bhubaneswar | Published: September 15, 2014 3:03:20 am

Intensifying its probe into the multi-crore chit fund scam in Orissa, the CBI on Sunday night arrested Manoj Dash, owner of Oriya TV channel Kamyab TV, and Madhu Mohanty, owner of Oriya daily Odisha Bhaskar, over their alleged link with chit fund firm Artha Tatwa.

Mohanty allegedly took Rs 65 lakh from Artha Tatwa chief Pradeep Sethy for his business, but did not return the money. He also forcibly occupied Sethy’s flat in Sailashree Vihar area of Bhubaneswar. Similarly, Dash took money from Sethy, but did not return it. The two were grilled by the CBI for hours.

On September 5, CBI sleuths had arrested Bikash Kumar Swain, owner of Oriya  daily Suryaprava over his business transaction with Artha Tatwa Group.

The probe into the scam is expected to become embarrassing for the state government with CBI sleuths interrogating Ashish Sahoo, member of BJD executive committee, on Sunday for over four hours regarding his link with Artha Tatwa group. On Saturday, the CBI had grilled general secretary of Biju Yuva Janata Dal, youth wing of BJD, Biswaranjan Khatei alias Bapi. Khatei was grilled for more than one and a half hours by the CBI over BJD’s alleged links with the chit fund scam.

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