New Delhi: A Supreme Court lawyer who allegedly honey-trapped a BJP MP and later accused him of raping her was arrested by Delhi Police on Tuesday. An alleged kingpin of a blacklmailing racket, she will be in five-day police custody for interrogation.
Special Judge Hemani Malhotra allowed to quiz the woman lawyer after Public Prosecutor Atul Shrivastava told the court that the police required her custodial interrogation to probe the extortion and blackmailing allegations by Bharatiya Janata Party MP K.C. Patel, who represents Valsad in Gujarat in the Lok Sabha.
Thed police alleged that the woman was known to have made rape complaints against 15 other people, including some businessmen and a Haryana-based politician, after filming them in objectionable positions and extorting money from them.
Shrivastava said the woman's interrogation would help in recovering visuals captured on her mobile phone and would also enable the police to get her call record and bank account details.
The police also told the court that the woman needed to be taken to her native place in Muzzafarnagar of Uttar Pradesh for further investigation and identify others accused with her in the case.
The prosecution also alleged that woman was not cooperating in the investigation. Her defence counsel objected, saying the woman had become victim of filing a criminal complaint against the BJP MP.
The woman was arrested from her residence in Indirapuram, three days after Patel filed the complaint alleging that he was honey-trapped.
In his complaint to the police, Patel said that a gang of extortionists led by the woman was demanding Rs 5 crore from him as she had filmed him in "objectionable position" after giving him a spiked drink at her residence. She had threatened to make public the clips.
The woman on Wednesday alleged that Patel raped her multiple times at his official residence on March 3. She said the MP threatened her with dire consequences if she approached the police.
She claimed the police refused to register her complaint and she approached the Patiala House Court seeking directions to the police to file the case.
"I was raped multiple times by Patel. I had to make a CD as evidence so that he stops threatening me. I approached the court to know the status of my complaint after police refused to register my case," she said.