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Chit fund scam: CBI arrests Mumbai model Preeti Bhatia


Preeti Bhatia
Bhubaneswar, October 10: The CBI sleuths on Friday arrested Mumbai based model and tele serial producer Preeti Bhatia for her alleged link with Artha Tatwa Group, accused of duping thousands of investors in the multi-crore chit fund scam.

Bhatia was the first woman to be arrested in the mega chit fund scam in the State.

Earlier on Thursday the Bhatia had told mediapersons that she was not involved in any chit fund scam.

Sources said, the CBI on Friday morning interrogated Bhatia for fifth time before arresting her. 

She was grilled for several hours on Wednesday and Thursday consecutively.

Preeti had appeared before the CBI on September 23 and had shown relevant documents to the investigators, but the sleuths appeared to be unconvinced with her replies. She was asked to appear again after two days.

Sources said the serial producer sought two weeks time to provide more documents, which she showed to CBI sleuths on Thursday. CBI has asked Preeti Bhatia not to leave Bhubaneswar for sometime.

Sources said, Pradeep Sethi, Preeti Bhatia and Indu Dewan had set up Prism Heights Film and Entertainment Pvt Ltd, with their office based in Mumbai’s Santacruz.

The firm had produced several tele serials and an Odia film “Aasibu Kebey Saajibu Mo Raani starring BJD legislator Akash Dasnayak.

CBI had raided Preeti Bhatia’s house in Mumbai in August.

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