Lady blackmailer Archana’s aide Shradhanjali appears before ED for 2nd time


Bhubaneswar: Shradhanjali Behera, one of the close associates of lady blackmailer Archana Nag, on Friday deposed before the Enforcement Directorate for the second time for questioning in connection with the extortion of Rs 3 crore from well-known Odia film producer Akshay Parija.

Odia film producer Akshay Parija, who was allegedly blackmailed by Archana, had brought allegations against Shradhanjali. Later, the ED had visited Shradhanjali’s residence and inquired into the matter. Parija appeared before the ED on Tuesday.

The central agency is probing the assets and cash amassed by alleged blackmailer Archana Nag, her husband Jagabandhu Chand and their associates, over a few years. Akshay Parija had filed a complaint with Nayapalli police against Atchana for demanding Rs 3 crore after allegedly capturing his intimate photographs.

The ED has traced Rs 2.5 crore deposits in the bank accounts of Archana and Jagabandhu between 2017 and 2022 and investigating the matter.

Archana Nag belongs to Kalahandi and she is accused of amassing over Rs 30 crore along with her husband between 2018 and 2022 by blackmailing and threatening some politicians and affluent people.

Archana, her husband and her Associate Khageswar were arrested by Bhubaneshwar Police on the charges of blackmailing and are now lodged in Bhubaneshwar jail.


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