The women arrested in the MP’s high profile Honey Trap case have made startling disclosures in the police inquiry. The accused have indicated during interrogation that they tried to use videos of several high profile leaders to make huge money in the Lok Sabha elections. However, their efforts did not succeed. The amount they demanded was so huge that the deal could not be finalised.
During the Lok Sabha elections, there was an attempt to sell sex videos of leaders to the leaders of their opposing parties at a huge price. The women felt that the leaders’ rivals would be ready to pay the price for the vulgar video of the leaders, so that the political advantage could be taken in the elections by tarnishing the image of the respective leaders of rival parties.
The two accused of the Honey Trap scandal had several rounds of talks with Congress and some BJP leaders, but the deal was stalled over the money. Three journalists also tried to mediate but the deal could not be finalised. After the change of power following assembly elections in the state, these women had less interference in the new government of Congress. So these women kept in touch with many leaders of the Congress party associated with the government and the leaders of the opposition party BJP on the other hand.
These women also made a video of a leader of Bhopal and based on that video they tried to make dealing with both BJP and Congress leaders. Sources reveal that leaders of a political party also agreed to buy some videos for Rs 5 crore, but women and those close to them did not agree to sell videos for less than Rs 30 crore. It is also not that there was no demand for these pornographic video clips involving big leaders, but due to the huge amount demanded, the politicians of any party did not take much interest.
Police do not seek remand
In the case of Honey Trap, which has created a stir in the political administrative and social sectors of Madhya Pradesh, several major reactions have been seen today after the direct action of the Chief Minister Kamal Nath. For one thing, it has become clear that as CM he is monitoring the whole matter himself or getting his close and reliable officers do it.
In Indore district court today, the police did not even try to get the police remand of any of the accused. However, according to District Public Prosecution Officer Akram Sheikh, documents and evidence have been seized from all the accused. Hence their police custody was not required.
New cases may be registered
The meaning of not taking police remand after the direct action of the Chief Minister is also being understood that based on the facts revealed in the interrogation of the accused and investigation, FIRs could be registered bt SIT in some other cities including Bhopal, Chhatarpur Sagar and Chhindwara FIRs can be registered.
However, in this whole case, apart from Harbhajan Singh, no other complainant has come forward and police would have to take cognizance in the matter and register FIR on its own. This will not only provide a new direction in the investigation but will also save the police from the charge of not arresting any other accused after September 19.
Alleged ringleader says police cooked up story, used Force to Get Confession
Five women who were accused of running a honey-trapping and blackmailing ring in Madhya Pradesh were remanded to judicial custody till October 14 by a local court in Indore on Tuesday. The accused were produced before the court of judicial magistrate first class (JMFC) Manish Bhatt
During the proceedings, the lawyer representing the alleged ringleader, Shweta Vijay Jain, said the women accused in the case were not even known to each other. The lawyer, Dharmendra Gurjar, further alleged that the entire case was “cooked up” by the police and that his client was beaten up in custody to obtain a confession. Speaking to media, the lawyer alleged that police harassed her mentally to an extent that she slit her wrist with a glass in bathroom.
Gurjar said that so far only one complainant had come forward – Indore Municipal Corporation city engineer Harbhajan Singh. “The police do not have any concrete evidence in the so-called honey-trap case. In fact, this case has become a headache for the police,” he claimed.
Two other accused, Aarti Dayal and Shweta Swapnil Jain, have also alleged torture in police custody. However, district prosecution officer Mohammed Akram Sheikh dismissed Gurjar’s allegations, saying no accused was tortured physically during the period of police custody. He said all the accused were produced in the court after their medical examination.
Five women and a man were arrested in Indore and Bhopal for allegedly running the racket, and police had seized electronic gadgets including spy cameras as well as mobile phones and cash.
MP police had identified the accused as Aarti Dayal (29), Shweta Vijay Jain (39), Shweta Swapnil Jain (48), Barkha Soni (34) and their driver Omprakash Kori (45), who is already in judicial custody. The fifth woman accused in the case was a minor when the racket was allegedly operational.
The racket came to light when Indore corporation engineer Harbhajan Singh alleged that he was being blackmailed to the tune of Rs 3 crore over objectionable video clips. He is, however, untraceable since the scandal became public.