Reported by Santosh Jagdev
Bhubaneswar, Jun 5:
Model Preeti Bhatia, an accused in the multi-crore Odisha chit fund scam, today deposited a sum of Rs 1,17,83,000 crore at the special CJM court of the CBI here as a precondition set by the Supreme Court for her bail plea to be heard.
Ms Bhatia’s counsel AK Singh deposited the sum in the CBI court. “The court may now grant her the bail as the said amount has been deposited in the form of a demand draft in the court,” the counsel said.
The model had moved the apex court after her bail plea was rejected first by the CJM court of CBI, then the Khordha district and sessions court and subsequently by the Odisha High Court on March 16 this year.
Hearing the case, the apex court had directed Bhatia to deposit a sum of Rs 1, 17, 83, 000 within six weeks with the special CBI Court here. Only after the amount is deposited by her will the court consider whether she will be granted bail or not, the apex court had said.
Mumbai based model Preeti Bhatia was arrested by the CBI for her alleged complicity with the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, a major player in the mega chit fund scam in Odisha, on October 10 last year. She is now lodged in Jharpada jail in the city.
On March 16, Bhatia’s counsel had filed the appeal before the apex court challenging the order of Odisha High Court, which had turned down her bail petition on the same day.
CBI, which is probing into the multi-crore chit fund scam, had mentioned in its charge sheet that Rs 1, 17, 83,000 was diverted to Preeti’s accounts from Artha Tatwa (AT) Group.