A man attempting to cash in on the hysteria surrounding sexual attacks on children in schools in Bangalore by threatening to file a false complaint against a school where his own son was studying has been arrested by the police after the school management filed a complaint and the police laid a trap for the man.
The 30-year-old man who claimed to be a journalist was caught red handed by the Sanjayanagar police in North Bangalore while accepting money from the school headmistress after threatening to file a false case under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act against the school.
The culprit has been identified as Rajesh Kharvi, a resident of Kodigehalli and a father of a six-year-old boy who is a student of the same school. He was caught receiving Rs one lakh in cash from the school management.
The Deputy Commissioner of Police (North Division) TR Suresh said that the accused claimed to be a journalist but did not reveal his organization. Police said that Kharvi approached the Radhakrishna Public School with his extortion demand. His son is a student of the school since 2012. The head mistress of the school, Sunitha, filed a complaint with the Sanjaynagar police. The police said that Kharvi went to the school on November 20 and claimed that his son was allegedly sexually abused by someone in the school on November, 19.
He told the school management that his son was sick and had been taken to hospital for treatment where doctors had told him that he was sexually abused. Kharvi threatened to file a police complaint against the school management if they failed to pay him hush money.
He also reportedly threatened to take the complaint to the media in his capacity as a journalist. The school management grew apprehensive after Kharvi did not send his son to the school but instead visited often demanding a payment of Rs two lakh. The school finally agreed to pay Rs1.5 lakh but alerted the Sanjaynagar police at the same time. The police laid a trap for Kharvi and recorded his antics in the headmistress office through a CCTV camera. Kharvi was caught red-handed receiving the hush money from the headmistress on Monday. Kharvi has been arrested.