Police have arrested a third person in connection with an alleged attempt to extort money from former BJP MLA Anil Sharma by falsely claiming to be organising a ‘hawan’ on behalf of the RSS.
Incidentally, the third person arrested had conducted a sting operation in 2009, claiming BSP MPs were collecting huge amounts of money for party chief Mayawati’s birthday celebrations, said a police source.
Police identified the third arrested person as Sanjay Tiwari Ujala (40). “Ujala is suspected to the person who planned the con to extort money from Sharma. Ujala, who stays in Mayur Vihar Phase I, hails from Faizabad in Uttar Pradesh and had been arrested 10 times earlier for impersonation, cheating and extortion in cases registered in different police stations across Delhi,” said a police officer associated with the case.
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“Ujala, a self-styled journalist, has several cases against him in Delhi’s courts for extortion and blackmail. He had a small newspaper and later two news portals,” the officer added.
Police had arrested Ujala earlier in a case of extortion and impersonation on the complaint of tribal MPs from the Northeast states and Jharkhand. “He was allegedly blackmailing these politicians on the basis of ‘sting operations’. In 2012, the Crime Branch arrested him for allegedly posing as additional private secretary to a Union minister and duping two MLAs from Northeast states after promising them assistance and fast-tracking their request for central grants,” said the officer.
Taj Hassan, Special Commissioner of Police (Crime Branch), confirmed Ujala’s arrest. He was produced in court and remanded in 14-day judicial custody.
“Sharma said he received a call from unknown persons who told him they were organising a hawan. When he sought details, they gave vague answers, following which he lodged a complaint,” said a police officer.