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Ex-scribe held for trying to extort Union minister

NOIDA: A lady who labored for a now-defunct Hindi information channel has been arrested for allegedly looking to extort Rs 2 crore from Union minister Mahesh Sharma and threatening to leak a video the place he will also be observed saying “code phrases”.
The woman, Nishu, had come to fulfill the minister on Monday afternoon. She carried a letterhead of the channel she labored for, Pratinidhi, and allegedly made the demand for cash on behalf of her former employer, Alok Kumar. While Nishu has been arrested, police are searching for Alok. The role of Usha Thakur, granddaughter of veteran Hindi poet Ramdhari Singh Dinkar, may be being probed.

Police mentioned the 20-minute video have been recorded in Sharma’s administrative center on March 24 this yr. Alok had it appears identified himself as the landlord of an IT firm and sought an appointment with Sharma sooner than the Lok Sabha elections. In the clip, Alok can reportedly be observed telling Sharma — the BJP candidate for Gautam Budh Nagar — that his company would provide logistical strengthen to the minister for his marketing campaign trails. Sharma tells Alok to not take names but use only “code phrases”.

Police, alternatively, did not proportion the video with the media.

The minister mentioned Alok have been offered to him by Usha Thakur and in keeping with cops, he sought after to behavior a sting operation on Sharma. Police mentioned there is not any mention of any amount of cash in the video, but Alok had stuck at the “code phrases” a part of the dialog to extort the minister. Nishu is believed to have told the cops all through interrogation that they'd extorted other politicians in a equivalent means.

“Around 1.30pm, minister Sharma called me as much as say that an individual has been looking to blackmail him and extort a large quantity. He was requested handy over Rs 45 lakh on Monday and the remaining quantity by Wednesday. If the money was not paid, they threatened to leak a video in their possession,” SSP Vaibhav Krishna mentioned.

“The video displays the minister in dialog. We have questioned the girl and he or she has admitted to have blackmailed folks like this. The information channel called Pratinidhi was closed down after demonetisation. There appears to be an organised nexus which targets influential folks,” he added.

Police mentioned Alok was in financial crunch after his information channel close down and was searching for techniques to make simple cash.

Sharma held a information convention on Monday night to explain what had happened on March 24, when Alok had come to fulfill him.

“He identified himself as the CEO of an organization called Rachna IT answer. Usha Thakur, whom I respect as an elder sister and with whom I've been associated for the previous 30 years, was also provide. He mentioned his company would help me in the poll marketing campaign and provide about 60 managers and 150-300 workers to back me. I offered him to my brother Ajay,” the minister mentioned.

Sharma told the news convention he were given a decision on April 9 the place Alok identified himself as the landlord of Pratinidhi and told him that the March 24 meeting was in fact a sting. “He told me ‘I'm working a channel called Pratinidhi and it has suffered losses. If you add shares to my channel or purchase it, I will run it’. He did not demand any cash and lower the call. At that time, Usha Thakur and KK Gautam (former IPS officer) was with him,” Sharma mentioned.

“Today, KK Gautam, Usha Thakur and the girl got here to my brother Ajay’s administrative center. The woman mentioned the channel’s CEO had despatched them with the letter,” he added. The minister also played a recording of the phone calls to buttress his claims. Usha Thakur, who has been detained, denied the entire allegations. “I just offered Alok to him. When I learnt that it was a sting, I straight away alerted the minister,” she mentioned.

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