Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Mar 7:
The CBI filed a preliminary charge sheet against the Seashore group of companies in the mega Odisha chit fund scam case at the special CBI court here today.
The 276-page charge sheet, filed by investigating officer of the case Rabi Narayan Tripathy along with CBI senior counsel Kali Charan Mishra, has named Seashore CMD Prashant Dash, his brother Pravat Dash and middleman Subhankar Nayak and accused the company of swindling Rs 578.20 crores.
The charge sheet has slapped charges against the accused under several sections of the IPC, including 120 (B), 409, 420 of IPC and sections 4, 5, 6 of the Prize Chit and Money Circulation (Banning) Act, 1978.
Prashant Dash was arrested by state Crime Branch from Mumbai on June 20, 2013 before the case was handed over to the CBI under Supreme Court order.
On November 18 last year, the CBI had arrested Subhankar, the land broker, whose house in Chandrama Apartments in Kharavela Nagar was raided by the agency earlier in the day.
The CBI had also seized a dairy having the names of senior police officers and bureaucrats, who allegedly received money from Seashore through him had connection with Nayak.
On January 24 CBI had arrested Pravat accusing him of embezzling company funds to the tune of Rs 3 crores.
The chargesheet filed today is only a preliminary one to meet the statutory requirement of filing the charge sheet within 120 days and a supplementary chargesheet could follow, said sources in the CBI.
While talking about Nayak playing a major role in the transfer of Seashore money to ‘influential people’, the agency has stopped short of naming them. Their names would be given in the supplementary charge sheet to be filed later, it said.
The charge sheet has also accused two companies – Seashore Securities and Seashore Fund Management – of cheating investors and collecting money from them after promising high returns. This apart, the investigating agency has also slapped charges against 13 cooperative societies run by the company.
The charge sheet contains the depositions of 456 witnesses along with a list of document seized by the agency during the probe.
This was the fifth preliminary charge sheet filed by the CBI in connection with the mega chit fund scam in Odisha.