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MP Honey trap case: Local newspaper owner, 2 journalists named in CID chargesheet

India Today logo India Today 30-12-2019 Hemender Sharma

The Madhya Pradesh Crime Investigation Department (CID) on Saturday filed a chargesheet in the human trafficking case, accusing a local newspaper owner and two television journalists of striking deals with victims and sharing the spoils.

However, the department drew flak for not naming the IAS officer who gave Rs one crore to the infamous honey trap gang.

The chargesheet is based on the statements given by one of the accused, Monika Yadav, whom the CID has named as an 'approver' -- an accomplice in crime who accuses others of the same offense.

Based on Monika Yadav's testimony and other audio and video evidence recovered from the accused gang, the department, in its chargesheet, said, "Two members of the gang and journalist Gaurav Sharma extorted Rs 1 crore from a serving IAS officer and was shared equally among the three."

Gaurav Sharma works as a state correspondent of a national news television channel in Bhopal.

The chargesheet also states that Additional Chief Secretary PC Meena, whose sexual act was discreetly recorded by one of the accused girls, paid another journalist Virendra Sharma Rs 20 lakh.

Virendra Sharma, who works for a regional channel of a television network, struck a deal with PC Meena and received Rs 20 lakh at his residence, which he distributed among the girls after keeping his cut.

Relying on Monika Yadav's statement, the chargesheet names Arun Sahlot, who owns a local newspaper Raj Express, as the one who made the sex video of ACS Meena viral.

The chargesheet also mentioned that the audio and video evidence recovered from the accused girls have been sent for forensic examination and the results would be known only after eight to 10 months.

According to a top source in the CBI, the name of the IAS officer has been withheld because the forensic report is awaited.

The CID is likely to question the newspaper owner and the two journalists named in the chargesheet.

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