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Three Nabadiganta Executives Sent on Six-day Remand

Published: 28th October 2014 06:03 AM  |   Last Updated: 28th October 2014 06:03 AM   |  A+A-

BHUBANESWAR : The three top executives of Nabadiganta Capital Services Pvt Ltd were sent on a six-day remand of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Monday.

Anjan Baliarsingh, CMD of the firm and his two Directors Kartikeya Parida and Pradipta Patnaik were produced before the court of Special Chief Judicial Magistrate (CBI) here. The probe agency submitted a petition seeking 10-day remand of the three against which court allowed custody for six days.

Earlier, before being taken to court, Baliarsingh rebuffed the claims of BJD MP Rama Chandra Hansda and the two former legislators Hitesh Bagarti and Subarna Naik that they were tricked into taking director positions in Nabadiganta.

“The three are not kids that we could fool them into taking such positions in the company. All three had accepted the positions on their own and were involved in the operational affairs. They were in the know of things,” he said.

He, however, asserted that the company did not swindle the public funds as over `7.27 crore had been returned to investors while the process for repayment of the rest was hit after bank accounts were frozen.

On Sunday, the three political leaders, after being interrogated by the CBI, had put the blame squarely on Baliarsingh and other directors of the company saying they did not wish to join but were persuaded into doing so. However, the three, Central probe agency sources said, may not breathe easy yet.

The probe agency is still looking into affairs of Nabadiganta to ascertain if they stayed off the financial matters and acted as ‘token’ directors without benefiting financially.

Meanwhile, the Enforcement Directorate (ED) is all set to begin investigation into the affairs of Seashore Group of Companies as its petition for remand of company chief Prashant Dash will be heard on Tuesday.

The agency had submitted its petition before the Khurda District and Sessions Court on September 19.

Dash will be brought from Jeypore jail where he is currently lodged in connection with the chit fund scam.

Sources said, Special Director of ED Yogesh Gupta will be in town to supervise the interrogation once the remand is granted.

A team of senior officials from New Delhi and Kolkata is also likely to fly in, to commence the probe process.

Seashore Group, which had forayed into diverse businesses, is accused of duping investors to the tune of over `1,000 crore.

The Economic Offences Wing which was probing into it had confiscated assets worth several hundred crores of rupees.

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