BHUBANESWAR: The CBI on Friday arrested Mumbai-based model and tele-serial producer Priti Bhatia for her alleged links with Artha Tatwa Group, which is accused of duping investors in the multi-crore chit fund scam.
Priti was produced in the court of Special CBI Judge here, which sent her to four-day remand after rejecting her bail petition. Priti’s lawyer said he would soon apply for her bail in the Orissa High Court.
Priti arrived at the CBI office early in the morning along with her sister and lawyer.
She was interrogated for about four hours before being arrested.
Priti, who had floated a media company with AT Group chief Pradip Sethi and Indu Dewan, had invested around Rs 4 crore for producing a TV serial. Sethi had invested in the serial. She was unable to provide satisfactory explanation about a transaction of Rs 1.16 crore from the amount, which led to her arrest, sources said.
Priti, Sethi and Indu were directors in a company, ‘Prismheights Films & Entertainment Private Limited.’ This company, based at Santa Cruz in Mumbai, was incorporated on January 20, 2010 and registered at Registrar of Companies, Mumbai. Its authorised share capital is Rs 10,00,000 and paid up capital is Rs 1,00,000.
Priti had appeared before the CBI here on Thursday and was grilled by the agency for the fourth time in 18 days.
The CBI had raided Priti’s house in Mumbai and seized crucial documents which established her association with Sethi.