Odisha HC reserves verdict on Ranjan Dash’ bail plea

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Cuttack, Dec 11:

The Odisha High Court today reserved its verdict after completing hearing on the interim bail plea of Ranjan Dash, who has been arrested by the CBI for his involvement in the mega chit fund scam in the state.


The Court also deferred the hearing on the bail pleas of the propritor of private television channel Kamyaab TV Manoj Das and real estate broker Dharmendra Bothra. All the three have been arrested by the CBI for their links with ponzi firm Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, a major player in the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam in the state and are currently lodged in the Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar.

Ranjan Dash, co-founder of the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group and one of the closest associates of Banki BJD MLA Pravat Tripathy, had applied for bail in the Odisha High Court on the plea that he is suffering from cancer.

The court had taken up his bail plea and had directed the Acharya Harihar Cancer Research Institute (AHCRI) to examine him and submit a report.

Acting on the directive of the court, a four-member team of doctors of the Institute examined Dash and found that he was not suffering from cancer. In its report given on December 6, the team, however, did mention that Dash is having fibrosis complications.

On Wednesday, the court allowed CBI time to submit its case diary against Indu Dewan while adjudicating on Ms Dewan’s anticipatory bail.  The anticipatory bail plea of Ms Dewan was heard in the court of Justice Sangam Kumar Sahu.

As per the earlier directive of the court, the CBI was to submit its case diary against Ms Dewan on Wednesday. The court fixed the next date of hearing in the case for January 20 next year.

According to the proceedings of the case, Ms Dewan, a close associate of Mumbai based model Preeti Bhatia, had joined hands with AT Group chief Pradeep Kumar Sethy and Ms Bhatia to form a film production company at Mumbai by the name of Prism Heights Film and Entertainment Private Ltd.

The CBI has arrested Ms Bhatia for her links with AT Group. Ms Dewan, who is also one of the directors of the film production company, has moved the High Court for anticipatory bail apprehending arrest.

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