BHUBANESWAR: Controversial AT Group chief Pradip Sethy and two directors Srikrishna Padhi and Manoj Pattnaik were on Friday taken on five-day police remand for further questioning in the alleged embezzlement of public deposits worth nearly Rs 500 crore.
While Sethy was brought on police remand for the third time, the two directors were being taken for grilling for the first time. Sethy was arrested on May 12, whereas Padhi and Pattnaik were nabbed on May 29 and 30, respectively.
"We will try to elicit more information," said DCP Nitinjeet Singh. Police also plan to organize a direct interface between the trio and some influential businessmen and media entrepreneurs, having alleged nexus with AT Group. Around 22 people, served notices to appear for questioning for their alleged links with the dodgy company, earlier pleaded innocence.
Amid growing clamour for CBI probe into AT fraud, the state government on May 30 announced a judicial commission, headed by a sitting judge of the Orissa high court, to inquire into the mega chit fund fraud, involving AT Group and others like Saradha and Seashore. Chief minister Naveen Patnaik on Thursday reiterated that the government is examining the alleged involvement of politicians in the AT scam.