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Odisha chit fund scam: CBI gets crucial leads during Preeti Bhatia’s remand


Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Oct 13:

The CBI, which is probing the Odisha chit fund scam, has extracted some crucial information on the dubious business transactions of Prism Heights Films and Entertainment Private Limited with the tainted Artha Tatwa group during the course of its interrogation of Preeti Bhatia, the Mumbai based model who was one of the three directors in the company, reliable sources told OST.

Preeti Bhatia ( pic- Biswaranjan Mishra)
Preeti Bhatia ( pic- Biswaranjan Mishra)

Bhatia will be produced in the special CBI court here tomorrow at the end of her four-day remand period.

Preeti Bhatia, Pradeep Sethy and Indu Dewan are directors in Prism Heights, which has its registered office at Santa Cruz (West) area in Mumbai.

Acting on the information ferreted out during the interrogation of Bhatia, the central investigating agency has started investigating the suspicious money transactions by the three director of the company out of the crores duped by the AT group from thousands of gullible investors, CBI sources said.

The investigating agency has failed to get the details of alleged monetary transactions of Rs 1.80 crore from the total amount of Rs 4 crore taken by Bhatia from the Artha Tatwa Group to invest it in the entertainment company. The CBI is now planning to detain Indu Dewan to get these details, sources added.

Bhatia has reportedly told the  CBI that she came to know Sethy through Dewan.

A team of CBI officials had raided the house of Indu Dewan in Mumbai yesterday, but failed to find her or her whereabouts. Dewan is still absconding, a senior official of CBI said.

Meanwhile the CBI has inquired into transactions made by Dewan through her bank accounts, CBI sources said.

The court had allowed the CBI to take Bhatia on remand on October 10. She was arrested earlier on the same day after she failed to account for her monetary transactions with Sethy.

On the other hand, the court today rejected the bail pleas of Sethy, along with 11 others, today. These persons will stay in the Jharpada Jail here following the court’s decision.