In a shocking revelation by UP police, Paytm founder and CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma was blackmailed for Rs 20 crore by none other than his own secretary and three other accomplices for a while.
According to an FIR registered by Noida police, Sonia Dhawan, VP Corporate Communications / Public Relations and personal secretary to Sharma, her husband Rupak Jain and Devendra Kumar have been arrested. The fourth accused is on the run.
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ajay Pal Sharma, who led the case revealed that the police received a complaint from Vijay Shekhar Sharma that their employees, including Dhawan are trying to blackmail him with the data that they had stolen from the company.
He added that the employees were demanding Rs 20 crore for not leaking the data they have stolen.
#PAYTM कंपनी के मालिक से 20 करोड़ की रंगदारी मांगने के प्रकरण के संबंध में डॉ. अजय पाल वरिष्ठ पुलिस अधीक्षक #NoidaPolice द्वारा दी गई बाइट @Uppolice @dgpup pic.twitter.com/f7C5qBm6UF
— NOIDA POLICE (@noidapolice) October 22, 2018
The accused are booked under IPC 381/384/386/420/408/120B and IT Act 66. The police also said that the accused are being probed about the data and their modus operandi.
While it’s yet to be known the magnitude and importance of stolen data, Dhawan involvement in the extortion has come as shock for media and overall startup ecosystem at large. She has been the go-to person for any media and external communication.
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