Journo booked for extortion bid, two others on the run
The Gurgaon police arrested a stringer working for a news channel on Monday night after he was booked for extortion in May last year along with two others, including a woman. The accused media person — Roshan Lal Bharadwaj was produced in a city court on Tuesday and has been sent to 14 days judicial custody. However, the police are searching for his two accomplices who are on the run.
According to the police, the complaint was filed by Sunita, wife of Mahender Singh, a former Indian Air force official and presently working as a manager in a Gurgaon-based private firm.
“It was in 2013, a woman named Rachna got in touch with her (Sunita) husband and the duo were in constant touch with each other over calls and SMSes,” she said in her complaint to the police.
In this regard, Sunita had registered several complaints with the police against Rachna and two media persons — one identified as Gulshan Kumar Grover, who were allegedly associated with Rachna.
However, even after the police did not take any action against them, Sunita filed a petition in a city court but the police submitted a report in the court that the matter was disputable.
According to the cops, in the complaint, Sunita had mentioned that after her husband stopped speaking to Rachna, she went to the two media persons and said Mahender Singh had been sexually harassing her. It was then the media persons called Singh and blackmailed him and recorded their conversations which were later produced in court.
However, in May last year, Sunita sent her complaint to Haryana CM, DGP, Home Secretary, Chief Secretary and other officials including human rights activists and the Women’s Commission.
After a month when the Gurgaon police received the complaint from the office of the Chief Secretary, Haryana, a special inquiry was conducted by the city police headed by a DCP rank level officer.
“After investigations, it was found that the allegations in complaint were true and an FIR was registered with Civil Lines police station under Section 384 of IPC against the trio and one of the accused, Roshan Lal, has been arrested last night,” said a senior cop.
During interrogation, the accused (Roshan Lal) revealed that they had got Rs 30,000 as extortion money and he got half of it, i.e. Rs 15,000. According to officials, the complainant — wife of the IAF official — produced the audio recordings in the court wherein the accused could be heard threatening the victim and demanding extortion money.