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CBI Court Rejects Ashirbad Behera's Bail Plea, Sent To Judicial Custody


19 September 2019

Snigdha Chandan Das


Bhubaneswar: The Special CJM (CBI) today turned down the bail petitions of former Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) Secretary Ashirbad Behera and hotel owner Kamalakanta Das who were arrested by the CBI today morning.

The two were arrested by the CBI for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore Artha Tatwa scam. The two were named in the supplementary chargesheet submitted by the CBI in the AT Group scam. The Special Court has ordered judicial custody for Behera and Das till October 1.

According to the CBI chargesheet, OCA through its Honorary Secretary (Ashirbad Behera) and in criminal conspiracy with Odisha-based group of companies promoted AT Group. "In lieu of the same, they allegedly received Rs 1 crore from AT Group in the garb of sponsorship of the Odisha Ranjit Cricket Team and title sponsorship of Odisha Premier League, 2011, the CBI stated.

On the other hand, Das was allegedly involved with the AT Group in misappropriation of immovable property of the ponzi firm at Balasore and Bhubaneswar. "In furtherance of the criminal conspiracy, the said accused allegedly misappropriated the sale proceeds of two immovable properties," the CBI stated.

Earlier, six chargesheets including four supplementary chargesheets have been filed by CBI against 33 accused persons including eight companies of AT Group.