PayTm extortion case has taken new twists and turns, last few days have been hard for PayTm and now some new information has come into the picture.
Sonia Dhawan’s Lawyer, Prashant Tripathi has claimed that there is a conspiracy going on as the promoters were pressurizing Sonia to sell her stake and there are several contradictions in the accusations made initially. The amount of shares Sonia owns in One97 Communications is 0.004 percent while in Paytm E-commerce Pvt Ltd, she holds 0.02 percent. He added,
There was also a statement in the press that the person who called up from Kolkata disclosed her (Sonia Dhawan’s) name without even receiving a substantial part the ransom. So, you can definitely make out that there is more to it than meets the eye.
Not only this, lawyer told that her client had also received similar ransom calls who demanded Rs. 5 crore on 22nd September which was only after two days when Sharma had received the first call for Rs. 20 crore ransom. He said,”There was an extortion call for Rs 5 crore. The caller threatened to harm the family if the demand wasn’t met.”
All this information came out after Sonia Dhawan who had been Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s secretary, as well as Paytm’s head of corporate communications for past 15 years, had been arrested for blackmailing Vijay Shekhar Sharma and asking for a ransom amount of Rs. 20 crore. Vijay Shekhar Sharma became suspicious Sonia being the culprit when she asked Vijay Shekhar to accept the demands made by the callers by saying,
Abhi pay kar dijiye aap, kya pta kaisa data ho [pay up for now, who knows what kind of data they might have].
Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s brother, Ajay Shekhar Sharma has disclosed some facts regarding the data that has been stolen by Vijay’s Secretary. He said,
The person claimed he had my brother’s personal data and demanded Rs 20 crore for not leaking it. My brother avoided even as the other person called for four-five times. At the end of it, my brother suggested that he should speak to me since he was busy.
Along with this, the person who made the call for ransom wanted that the payment should be made through Hawala to avoid any detection. However, Sharma did not agree to this and wanted the payment to be made online. after this, a bank account number was shared that was found to be of a Kolkata-based company called Apnapan Tieup Pvt Ltd which is defunct for now. Sharma then transferred Rs. 67 into the given account to make sure the payments were actually working on 10th October. Later, he transferred an amount of Rs 2 lakh, on 15th October. The caller still kept his demands for Rs. 20 crores persistently.
Ajay Shekhar Sharma also told that the Kolkata-based accused Chomal revealed the names of Sonia Dhawan, her husband and other PayTm employee named Davendra Kumar for stealing the personal financial information and images.