CBI arrests Indu Dewan in Odisha chit fund scam

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Oct 17:

A day after the High Court rejected the anticipatory bail plea of Indu Dewan, one of the directors of Mumbai-based company Prism Heights Films & Entertainment Private Limited, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) today arrested her for alleged links with the Artha Tatwa (AT) group chit fund scam in Odisha.

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The sleuths of the central investigating agency probing the multi thousand crore rupee chit fund scam arrested Indu Dewan following her rejection of anticipatory bail application in the High Court yesterday.

Indu Dewan had applied for anticipatory bail plea (14208/2015) in the High Court this month. The petitioner had moved the bail plea application through her lawyer Lingaraj Mohanty.

During the second week of last month, Indu Dewan was grilled by CBI here as part of the ongoing chit fund scam probe. Prior to that, Indu and her husband Vikram were also quizzed for hours towards the end of August at the state headquarters of the agency here.

It may be recalled that Ms Dewan had also once again applied for anticipatory bail apprehending arrest. However, the court had on August 25 rejected her anticipatory bail plea.

Earlier on December 11 last year, the High court had allowed the CBI time to submit its case diary against Indu Dewan while adjudicating on her anticipatory bail plea.

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. She is presently lodged in Jharpada Special Jail here since over a year.

During investigation, the probe agency found that Rs 20 lakh was transferred to Preeti Bhatia’s bank account from Indu Dewan’s account.

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