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TV channel employee, policeman, actresses in gang accused of blackmailing doctor

By: Express News Service | Bangalore | Posted: June 20, 2014 9:46 pm

Three persons including a police constable and a video editor at a local news channel have been arrested by the Central Crime Branch (CCB) police in Bangalore for allegedly blackmailing a doctor at a leading hospital in Central Bangalore after filming his sexual encounter with a junior television actress. The television actress who was a part of the sex and extortion gang, along with a young film actress and another television actress, were reported as absconding. The gang had sought Rs one crore from the doctor after luring him into a honeytrap. The doctor had agreed to pay Rs 10 lakh before informing the police.

The accused persons have been identified as Hemanth Kumar, a video editor at a prominent local news channel, Sunil Kumar a transport in-charge at another prominent local news channel and Mallesh, a police constable attached to the KG Nagar police station. The absconding persons have been identified as film actress Naina, television artiste Sona alias Riya, television artiste Meghana and a gym instructor Raghu. The main accused were caught red handed on Friday morning when they arrived to collect the Rs 10 lakh that the doctor had agreed to pay.

Police said that the gang carried out a sting operation a few days ago on the doctor. The television actress Sona alias Riya was allegedly sent to the doctor on the pretext of a consultation where she allegedly seduced and lured him into a honey trap. The gang later sent the television actress for a rendezvous with the doctor with a hidden camera in her possession. The doctor’s sexual encounter with the actress was filmed on the camera.

After obtaining video footage of the doctor in his compromising position with the actress the gang began blackmailing the doctor with a demand for a Rs 1 crore pay off to desist from telecasting the footage on news channels. The doctor paid an initial amount of Rs one lakh and promised to pay Rs nine lakh more on Friday.

The doctor in the meanwhile approached the city police for help and the CCB was called in to probe the matter. The CCB police laid a trap for the culprits and arrested three members of the gang on Friday. Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) BR Ravikanthe Gowda said that a case had been  registered in the High Grounds police station.

This is the second case involving the blackmailing of doctors caught in compromising positions on camera. Earlier this week the CCB police had cracked a case where an  Ayurvedic doctor was being blackmailed to the tune of Rs 16 lakh by a gang that videographed his homosexual encounters with some gang members.

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