Odisha chit fund scam: CBI arrests Mumbai model Preeti Bhatia

Bhubaneswar, Oct 10: The CBI, which is investigating the mega chit fund scam in Odisha, today arrested Mumbai-based model and television serial producer Preeti Bhatia after interrogating her for the fifth time.

The Mumbai model, who had told media persons that she was not involved in any chit fund scam after a three-hour grilling yesterday, was grilled for the fifth time this morning before being arrested.

It may be mentioned here that the CBI, during the course of its investigation into the financial fraud by the Artha Tatwa (AT) Group, had found strong business links between Bhatia and Pradip Sethy, CMD of AT Group.

Sources in the CBI said Preeti Bhatia, Pradeep Sethy and Indu Dewan were directors in a company called Prism Heights Films & Entertainment Private Limited which had its registered office at Santa Cruz (West) area in Mumbai.

The CBI had raided Bhatia's house in Mumbai on August 16.