Paytm 'extortion' case: With three people, including a vice-president with Paytm, being sent to judicial custody, police said they are now trying to verify claims by the accused's family that they were blackmailed.
Sonia Dhawan was held by Noida police on Monday for allegedly trying to extort Rs 10 crore from Vijay Shekhar by threatening to leak his stolen personal data and confidential information about the company.
Speaking to The Indian Express, SSP (Gautam Budh Nagar) Ajay Pal Sharma said: “Around two months ago, she asked her bosses for financial help to buy a flat. But they ignored it, which could have been a trigger.”
The three arrested accused were identified as Sonia Dhawan, who started as Vijay’s secretary and is currently vice-president, corporate communications/PR; her husband Rupak Jain; and Devendra Kumar, an employee with Paytm’s administration department.
The arrested woman, who allegedly masterminded the extortion bid, is the secretary of Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and the trio had threatened to leak the data and misuse the information to cause the firm loss and dent its public image.
Three people, including Sonia Dhawan, the Vice-President, are being investigated in the Paytm blackmail case. The police say she conspired to blackmail the company’s founder Vijay Shekhar around two months ago, after he ignored her request for Rs 4 c