Bhubaneswar: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has taken into custody Shraddhavan Behera, co-accused within the high-profile honey entice case involving Archana Nag and a few influential individuals of Odisha.
In line with sources, the company has traced a number of lakhs of rupees deposited by Archana within the account of her one-time affiliate Tribute between 2017 and 2022.
He’s accused of being concerned in a sextortion racket earlier than his falling out with Archana. Shraddhavan, in her criticism lodged on the Khandagiti police station, has claimed that Archana had trapped and coerced her. He additional alleged that Archana pressured him to develop intimacy with movie producer Akshay Parija in order that she may blackmail him and later extort cash from him.
Nevertheless, earlier than deposing on Wednesday, she was evading ED summons and couldn’t be contacted. “Contemplating his monetary background, his involvement in enormous monetary transactions raises suspicion,” mentioned an ED official.
The tribute was questioned for over 12 hours and inquired in regards to the deposit quantity. The company has additionally sought particulars of financial institution accounts. If studies are to be believed, he additionally named some influential individuals from whom Archana had withdrawn cash and shared the modus operandi.
Sources mentioned that the ED might summon the individuals named by them and can also convey the mastermind Archana on remand for face-to-face questioning with Shraddhaman.