Odisha chit fund scam: CBI chargesheets Indu Dewan

Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Feb 11:

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) probing the multi-thousand crore chit fund scam in Odisha today submitted a 25-page chargesheet  against Indu Dewan, one of the directors of Mumbai-based company Prism Heights Films & Entertainment Private Limited for her role in the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group scam.

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The chargesheet against Dewan was filed by CBI’s counsel Kalicharan Mishra and Investigating Officer (IO) G Pradhan at the Special Chief Judicial Magistrate Court here. This is the third chargesheet filed by the CBI in the AT Group scam. The previous two being against Pradeep Kumar Sethy chief of AT Group and the BJD legislator from Banki Pravat Tripathy. The CBI has accused 19 persons in the AT Group scam which includes Sethy and Tripathy.

During its investigations CBI has found that crores of rupees from the AT Group were siphoned off to Dewan’s account. The chargesheet submitted by the CBI  depositions of over 15 witnesses in it. The chargesheet mentions of Rs 3.56 crore transferred to her bank account from AT Group account, sources said.

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

Dewan now lodged in the Jharpada jail here was arrested by the CBI for her alleged links with AT Group on October 17 last year after her anticipatory bail plea was rejected by the Orissa High Court on October 16 last year. Prior to her arrest Dewan and her husband Vikram were grilled for hours several times at the state headquarters of the CBI.

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