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AT chit fund scam: Banki MLA Pravat Tripathy appears before ED

Pravat Tripathy

Bhubaneswar: Banki MLA Pravat Tripathy today appeared before the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group chit fund scam.

He was reportedly questioned by the ED officials for around four hours.

“The ED had asked me to submit some documents related to my bank accounts and properties. I submitted some documents today,” said Tripathy after coming out of the ED office.

It has also given me time of ten days to submit some other documents which couldn’t be submitted by me today, the MLA added.

CBI had arrested Tripathy on October 31 in 2014 for his alleged links with the Ponzi Company.

Later, the Orissa High Court granted him conditional bail on March 3 in 2015.

He was arrested after failing to provide satisfactory answer over the Rs 42 lakh he had received from the tainted company allegedly in return for the patronage extended to it.

In its charge sheet, the CBI had said Tripathy used his clout as the president of Odisha State Cooperative Union from 2008 to 2011, over the Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies to register the cooperative society ‘Artha Tatwa Multi-Purpose Cooperative Society Limited’ at short notice.

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