TV journalist Hemanth Kashyap arrested on blackmailing charge He demanded ₹50 lakh from a doctor over a video clip.
A television journalist has been arrested for blackmailing a doctor and Padma Shri winner over a private video clip. On Wednesday, he was remanded in police custody for four days.
Dr Rao filed a complaint with the Sadashivanagar police after the accused extorted Rs 5 lakh from him and later demanded Rs 50 lakh. Dr Rao runs a nursing home in Sadashivanagar and was also the family doctor of the famous Kannada actor, late Dr. Rajkumar.
Hemanth Kashyap, who worked with Kannada news channel Public TV, had allegedly blackmailed Ramana Rao B. with a video clip threatening to make it public if he did not pay him.
Kashyap’s mobile phone has been sent to the cyber crime cell of the CID, for a detailed analysis. “The journalist is suspected to be involved in similar offences in the past. A detailed call detail record analysis will reveal the nature of his activities,” the officer added.
The police are also on the lookout for the other journalist, Manjunath, an associate of Kashyap who works as a reporter with the news channel Samaya TV, as they suspect that he too was part of the blackmail and extortion racket. The police suspect that many others are involved in the racket.
“It was a private video and how Kashyap could have access to it is a part of our investigation,” the officer said.
The police claim to have “solid evidence” in the form of CCTV camera footage obtained from Dr. Rao’s clinic at Sadashivanagar, which allegedly shows the journalist receiving money on various days. “We have four clips of the accused collecting money from the doctor. The latest one was as recent as Tuesday evening when he was caught,” the police said.
When the doctor approached the police on Tuesday, they asked him to call Kashyap to his clinic to hand over ₹50 lakh. The police laid a trap and nabbed Kashyap when he came to collect the money.
According to sources, Kashyap told the police that many journalists are aware of the clip and wanted to be paid. “Hence, he decided to make the extortion demand. We are verifying his claims,” said the senior police officer.
He has been booked under Sections 506 (criminal intimidation), 507 (criminal intimidation by an anonymous communication), and 384 (extortion), 385 (putting person in fear of injury in order to commit extortion), 120B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the Indian Penal Code.
The police have taken the accused into four-day police custody and are investigating.
H.R. Ranganath, editor, Public TV, issued a video statement on Wednesday informing the network’s audience that the employee in question had been dismissed from work and that the channel would cooperate with the probe.
According to sources,
Heamanth kashyap is habitual extortionist to be involved in similar offences In 2013 Hemanth had demanded illegal gratification 10 lakhs from Hussain Mueen Farooq, Chairman,Anti Corruption Council, failure to fulfill his desire he will telecast and publish article against him,this was done by him on receipt of taking money from y.sampangi who was trapped by Lokayukta in 2009,in this regard Hon’ble City Civil Court granted stay against publishing or telecasting any article against the petitioner.
its not just end here, Hemanth Kashyap have involved in many such criminal cases where he demand money and with this trap finally he came in custody of police.
things not just end here,
according to the sources,
Hemanth Kashyap had defamed many innocent people, when they refused to give the demamded money to hemanth kashyap.
Hemanth Kashyab used his skills in illegal way and by which he target high standard people.
The Sadashivanagar police have registered a case and requested the public to come forward and file a complaint if the accused had blackmailed them too.