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Two OCA Officials appear before CBI for Quiz in Chit Fund Scam

Bhubaneswar, Dec 05: Two officials of Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) appeared before the CBI here this morning for interrogation about the links between OCA and Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, the chit fund firm that has duped thousands of depositors in the state.

The two OCA officials - Accountant MA Ahad and auditor Basant Behera - arrived at the CBI office at 10.30 am.

The duo may be questioned about the link of OCA with AT Group that had sponsored the OPL in the state.

It can be noted that earlier Ahad along with broker Dharmendra Bothra and BJD youth leader Biswaranjan Khatei alias Bapi was summoned by the CBI on September 13 for their alleged links with the AT Group and its CMD Pradeep Sethy.

They were asked about the huge investment made by AT Group in the Odisha Premiere League (OPL) 2011 hosted by OCA and visit of Michael Bevan, former Australian cricketer in January 2011.

MA Ahad had produced several documents related to the OPL to the CBI for the verification.
 
The primary investigation said that OCA had roped in Bevan for the appointment as chief coach of the state Ranji Trophy Team for 2011-12. The former Aussie player had agreed to the proposal for rendering his services for five months (October 2011 to February 2012).

As per his agreement with OCA, the cricketer was paid USD 35,000 per month, excluding the expenses on account of his hotel accommodation, living cost, flight charges, etc, OCA sources said.

The AT Group had sponsored Rs 50 lakh for the state Ranji Trophy team for 2011-12.

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