The CBI on Monday interrogated another owner-cum-editor of a Orissa-based newspaper over his alleged link with the Seshore chit fund scam. Santosh Pandey, the owner of UT Mirror, arrived at the CBI office here at 11.30 am and was subjected to over 5 hours of interrogation.
Sources said Pandey was interrogated about the Rs 27 lakh that his paper had received from the Seashore Group for advertisement between 2011 and 2013.
Since its inception in 2011, the paper has been focusing on mining sector and chit fund companies.
Apart from Pandey, two other journalists have already been interrogated by the CBI in the Seashore chit fund scam. Senior journalist Lalit Pattajoshi, a consulting editor with Oriya daily Pragativadi, was interrogated in November last year after CBI officials found his link with chit fund accused and broker Subhankar Nayak. Nayak reportedly acted as a go-between among the chit fund group, several IPS and IAS officers and Pattajoshi.
Ipsit Pratihari, who edited another little known paper called Amrit Duniya, too, was interrogated last year over his links with Seashore chit fund company.