Secretary Among 3 Arrested For Blackmailing Paytm CEO With Stolen Personal Data

**New Delhi**: Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma’s secretary Sonia Dhawan and two others were arrested by Noida police yesterday for allegedly trying to extort Rs 20 crore from the e-wallet giant’s founder-and-CEO Sharma after threatening to leak stolen personal data and information.

According to officials, Dhawan, her husband Roopak Jain and another Paytm employee Devendra Kumar allegedly masterminded the extortion bid. The trio had threatened to leak the company data and misuse the information to cause the firm loss and dent its public image, officials said.

The three were arrested late Monday afternoon by a team from the Sector 20 police station, while their fourth accomplice is still at large, a senior official said.

The fourth accused, Rohit Chomal, is a resident of Kolkata and had allegedly made the extortion call to Sharma’s brother Ajay Shekhar Sharma.

The owner of Paytm had filed a complaint with the police that some of his employees had stolen data from the company and were blackmailing him demanding Rs 20 crore for not leaking it, informed senior police officials.

The FIR was registered at Sector 20 police station and the accused were booked under Indian Penal Code sections 381 (theft by clerk or servant of property in possession of master), 384 (extortion), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt), 420 (cheating), 408 (Criminal breach of trust by clerk or servant), 120 B (party to a criminal conspiracy) and under provisions of the Information Technology Act.

We are standing by our colleagues till the police enquiry reaches its meaningful conclusion, the company said.



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