Odisha honeytrap case: PIL seeking ED probe into Archana Nag’s properties filed in High Court
Cuttack: The Bharatiya Vikash Parishad today moved the Orissa High Court seeking a probe by Enforcement Directorate (ED) into the exponential rise in assets owned by Archana Nag and her husband Jagabandhu Chand.
Filing a Public Interest litigation (PIL), the Bharatiya Vikash Parishad has made Central Government, ED, Odisha Chief Secretary, Home Department, Odisha DGP, Khandagiri police station IIC and Nayapalli police station IIC parties in the case. It has also sought confiscation of her properties.
The petitioner further urged to bring the suspects under the purview of the investigation.
Worth mentioning, Archana is accused of extorting lakhs of rupees from politicians, businessmen and influential persons by blackmailing them with videos of intimate moments between her and them. The Twin City Commissionerate Police had arrested her on October 7.
The accused used to identify herself as a lawyer and befriend influential persons on Facebook. She also used to invite them to her house and record the intimate moments on hidden cameras. Blackmailing them with the videos and demanding money from them was her modus operandi.
The entire matter came to light after Ollywood producer Akshay Kumar Parija lodged an FIR with the Nayapalli police alleging that a girl invited him to her house in Bhubaneswar for dinner, recorded objectionable videos and later started blackmailing him.
The case has sent shockwaves across the state with speculations being rife about the involvement of several senior politicians.
During probe, she was found in possession of palatial house in Bhubaneswar, luxurious cars and valuables worth crores.
The couple amassed assets worth around Rs 30 crore within a span of four years from 2018 to 2022, a police official said.