29 August 2019
Bhubaneswar: The CBI has filed a supplementary chargesheet in the multi-crore Artha Tatwa Group chit-fund scam in a designated court here on Thursday. In the chargesheet, the CBI has named three persons including representative of a hotel and then Honorary Secretary of Odisha Cricket Association.
They have been charged under multiple sections of IPC and Prize Chits & Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978, in an ongoing investigation into the AT scam case. CBI had registered the case against AT Group along with many other companies for their alleged involvement in the multi-crore scam in which a large number of people were duped. The CBI had taken over the case from local police in May 2014.
"During course of further investigation, it was alleged that the Odisha Cricket Association through its Honorary Secretary and in criminal conspiracy with Odisha based Group of Companies, promoted the said Group of Companies. This supplemented the credibility of the companies rose in the eyes of general public and more people invested in the different schemes floated by group," a press note issued by the CBI stated.
In lieu of the same, they allegedly received a sum of Rs 1 crore from AT Group in the name of sponsorship of the Odisha Ranji Cricket Team and title sponsorship of Odisha Premier League, 2011, the note added.
"It was also alleged that the representative of a hotel in criminal conspiracy with other co-accused private persons was actively involved in the misappropriation of the immovable properties of the said Group of Companies at Balasore & Bhubaneswar and therefore, became a partner to misappropriate the said properties purchased out of the funds of the said Group of Companies. In furtherance of the criminal conspiracy, the said accused allegedly misappropriated the sale proceeds of two immovable properties," the CBI note stated.
Earlier, six chargesheets including 4 supplementary chargesheets have been filed by CBI against 33 accused persons including eight companies/firms of the AT Group.