Honeytrap and extortion racket of Madhya Pradesh: India’s ‘biggest’ sex scandal

Honeytrap and extortion racket of Madhya Pradesh: India’s ‘biggest’ sex scandal

Madhya Pradesh has been rocked by racket of honey trap which could turn out to be the biggest ever ‘quid pro quo sex scandal’. From very senior bureaucrats to junior Project Engineers, and top BJP and Congress leaders, the list of men who fell for the honeytrap ring’s lures seem endless.
The racket came in to notice only after an Indore Municipal Corporation engineer approached police claiming he was being blackmailed to the tune of Rs 3 crore over objectionable video clips by the accused. Considering the grave nature of the crime the state government has formed a Special Investigation Team (SIT) to investigate the case and also to look into the favours that were granted by the honey-trapped men to the members of the gang. Considering the grave implication of this high profile sex scandal case the SIT has been reconstituted for a third time headed by special IG (cybercrime) Narendra Kumar.
Five women who were accused of running the honey-trapping and blackmailing ring have been arrested and were remanded in judicial custody till October 14 by a local court in Bhopal.
Investigation shows that the mastermind for allegedly running the racket is a 48-year-old woman Shweta Jain. She has a political affiliation and is highly ambitious woman. Her ambition was to become most powerful lobbyist of Madhya Pradesh administrative establishment. Her husband Swapnil Jain and another girl Arati Dayal constitute the core team.
The modus operandi of the gang was unique. Gang members targeted meritorious girls from poor families, promised them guaranteed scholarships and pushed them into prostitution. The accused women used to lure officers and establish a physical relationship with them. The women used to film the sexual act in order to use it later for blackmailing the officers. The group reportedly used sophisticated spy cameras hidden in goggles, lipsticks to film the act, as well as normal mobile phones. Most of the audio clips and WhatsApp chats suggest a quid pro sexual relationship between the bureaucrats, police officers and these women.
During their interrogation, it came to light that people in power, honeytrapped by Shweta and Aarti, have funded their NGOs. However, none of their alleged high-profile targets have been named though the involvement of senior bureaucrats and politicians has been widely alluded to, raising political temperature in the Congress-ruled state.
Names of several Bhopal-based journalists have also emerged in the high-profile honey-trap and extortion racket of Madhya Pradesh.