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Odisha chit fund scam: CBI grills Indu Dewan again

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Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Sep 10:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today grilled Indu Dewan, one of the directors of Mumbai-based company Prism Heights Films & Entertainment Private Limited, for almost one and a half hours in connection with its ongoing probe into the Odisha chit fund scam.

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Dewan arrived alone with a clutch of some documents in her hands at the CBI office at around 3.30 pm for what was her third round of questioning. She came out at about 5 pm.

She and her husband Vikram Dewan were earlier grilled by CBI officials for over four hours and seven hours on August 27 and August 28 respectively.

Ms Dewan stayed clear of wiating media persons both while going in and coming out. But sources in the CBI said she was interrogated about her links with the Artha Tatwa group and its chief Pradeep Sethy. Some documents related to the transactions between Prism and Artha Tatwa have been seized from her,  the sources said.

On December 11 last year, the Odisha High court had allowed the CBI time to submit its case diary against Indu Dewan while adjudicating on her anticipatory bail plea.  The anticipatory bail plea of Ms Dewan was heard in the court of Justice Sangam Kumar Sahu.

The court had rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Ms Indu Dewan last month.

According to the proceedings of the case, Ms Dewan, sister of Mumbai-based model Preeti Bhatia, had joined hands with AT Group chief Pradeep Kumar Sethy and Ms Bhatia to form a film production company in the name of Prism Heights Film and Entertainment Private Ltd in Mumbai.

Earlier, the CBI had arrested Mumbai-based model-turned-television serial co-producer Preeti Bhatia for her alleged links with the Ponzi firm on October 10 last year.

Ms Dewan, who is also one of the directors of the film production company, has moved the High Court for anticipatory bail apprehending arrest.