**Bhubaneswar:** Rajat Choudhery and Debasish Panda, who were arrested on Monday in connection with AT Group Chit Fund Scam, were remanded to three days to CBI custody by special court here on Tuesday.
The duo was produced before a special CBI court here on Tuesday amid tight security.
The investigating agency on Monday arrested Choudhery and Panda after quizzing them form more than one hour at its office here.
“As he (Debasish Panda) had already appeared before CBI and kept his statement, so we think there is no need of further CBI remand. We don’t see any justification of taking him further remand,” said well-known lawyer Dharanidhar Nayak.
The CBI also conducted raids at their houses and seized some important documents, sources in the investigating agency said.
Choudhery, who was president of Odisha Youth Congress was immediately suspended just after his arrest news spread and hundreds of his supports staged a road blockaded here demanding his release.
Rajat was quizzed for the fourth time in connection with a land deal with the chit fund firm. He was questioned for two consecutive days on his alleged links with the AT Group in April.
Panda, a former lawyer of the Enforcement Directorate, was accused of links with AT Group chief Pradeep Sethy.
Speaking on CBI’s sudden action in chit fund case, BJP leader Pradeep Purohit, “I think it’s not right to comment on CBI investigation on chit fund scam as it has long been doing its bit.
There are several persons involved in the chit fund scam are in jail now and it is doing it investigation as per the process and rightly. The CBI investigation has not slowed down but it is taking time and examining some documents before taking any action.”
Denying BJP’s role in CBI probe, Purohit said the saffron party is not directing the investigating agency in any matter.
“All are equal in the eyes of law and one who is guilty will face music, and why others are worried,” said Damodar Rout, BJD Vice-President and Excise and Cooperation Minister