Bhubaneswar, July 31: The key accused of Rs 1,200 crore Aartha Tatwa chit fund scam, Pradeep Sethy attempted to end his life by slashing his wrist in a special jail in late night on Saturday, said an official informed.
“Pradip Sethy sustained minor injuries on his wrist and has been provided treatment. Nothing major has happened to him. His suicide bid was just to threaten the jail authorities,” said Jharpada Jail Superintendent Rabindra Nath Swain.
He also asserted that security is also beefed up for Sethy after the incident.
According to sources, Sethy’s wife visited the jail on Sunday morning to enquire about his health. However, she was not allowed to meet her husband as public meeting is prohibited on holidays.
Sethy has been in jail since May 2013 after he was arrested by the state Police Crime Branch.
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), which took over the case to dig into the chit fund scam in the state as per the direction of Supreme Court, has estimated that Aartha Tatwa (AT) group defrauded thousands of depositors of a total of about Rs 1,200 crore.