Astha International chief brought on two day remand

Published: 14th July 2013 10:51 AM  |   Last Updated: 14th July 2013 10:51 AM   |  A+A-

State chief of Surat-based Astha International Subhranshu Lenka was brought on remand to the Town police station here on Saturday for two days.

Earlier this week, the Town police had appealed to the SDJM Court for Lenka’s remand. Investors alleged that the group had collected over Rs 100 crore from Ganjam district alone.

The company had opened two offices in Bhubaneswar and Berhampur in 2010. It had collected money through different schemes promising high return from the people of Berhampur and surrounding areas. On June 5, 2012, the company released an advertisement in a vernacular daily stating that it has been incurring losses for a long time and therefore cannot continue to function. It asked its investors to submit their original documents to claim their money.

As the investors cried foul and wanted the promised amount, the company issued hundreds of post-dated cheques to them in the last week of July, 2012. However, none of the cheques could be encashed as the bank accounts of the company had either insufficient balance or had become dormant.

The investors then took recourse to legal procedures. Their advocates sent legal notices to the registered office of the company in Surat. But, the notices returned undelivered.

The investors claimed that the company’s chairman-cum-managing director Chandrasinh Chauhan had stated that they had obtained the permission from Reserve Bank of India to open Astha Bank that will start its operations in 2011-2012. But, after the company closed its offices, the investors and agents found that the RBI had never issued any licence to the company.

Lenka was arrested recently and remanded in Jharpada jail in Bhubaneswar. On June 16, he was brought to Circle jail here.

As the information about Lenka’s presence in the police station reached depositors, many gathered outside the police station to inquire into their deposits. They, however, had to return disappointed as police kept Lenka out of bounds of mediapersons and the depositors. Over 100 cases have been registered against the company in Khalikote and Berhampur.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp