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Seven arrested for blackmailing city doctor with sex video

Police took up the case after the parent of one of the suspects asked the police to investigate his lavish lifestyle.

Written by Santosh Kumar R B | Bangalore | Published: June 18, 2014 9:13:41 pm

A tip off to the police by a parent about his unemployed son leading an extravagant life has lead to the arrest of a seven member gang of youths who were allegedly extorting money from a doctor after recording videos of his homosexual encounters with some of the gang members. The Central Crime Branch (CCB) in Bangalore arrested the gang of youths who extorted Rs 16 lakh from the doctor after they were tipped off by the father of one of the accused about his son’s new found wealth.

The accused were identified as Suhas (20), Diwakar (19), Madhu (19) and Vishwa (21), Nikesh (22) , Mahesh (19) and Vikas (21). A case of extortion and unnatural sexual activity under IPC section 377 has been registered against the accused, the Deputy Commissioner of Police (crime) Abhishek Goyal said. He said the police took up the case after the parent of one of the suspects asked the police to investigate his lavish lifestyle including frequent flights to holiday resorts.

The CCB police team who started to collect information about the informant’s son found that the youth and his friends were extorting money from a doctor with homosexual orientation who was living in Avalahalli in South Bangalore. The arrest of the suspects has revealed that one of the arrested youths Suhas who was an employee of a direct to home television service provider was induced into sexual activity by the doctor when Suhas went to fix a dish connection at his home a few months ago. Following the incident Suhas informed his friends Madhu, Vikas and Diwakar of what had happened and the group struck up a plan to blackmail the doctor. They allegedly befriended the doctor and filmed sexual encounters with him for two months.

The youths subsequently threatened to release videos of the encounters to the media and worked out a compromise after the doctor offered them Rs 5 lakh. After blowing up the Rs five lakh Suhas and Madhu informed some other friends including Vishwa, a brother of Madhu, and struck up a new plan to blackmail the doctor. The new youths approached the medical practitioner in the guise of policemen and television journalists and demanded Rs 25 lakh to prevent a police complaint and media coverage. The doctor paid the group Rs 11 lakh to hush up the matter.

“We have registered a case of extortion against the accused persons. A case of unnatural sexual activity has also been booked under section 377 of the IPC based on video evidence that was seized. We are considering legal action against the doctor too,” DCP Abhishek Goyal said.

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