Man held for blackmailing wind energy firm

Mumbai: The manager of an Andheri-based wind energy company has been arrested for leaking sensitive company information on the proprietor’s alleged illegal transactions, which was used for blackmail.

Ravindra Khera, 60, who had tried to blackmail the proprietor, was arrested in the second week of July on a complaint filed by the latter. He was subsequently granted bail. Mr. Khera was re-arrested on Friday when he presented himself to the police, a stipulated precondition for bail. His interrogation revealed that an employee of the firm, Srikumar Nair, had passed on information about the company’s monetary transactions. He too has been arrested, police said.

According to the complaint, Mr. Khera, a New Delhi resident presently living in Jogeshwari, had demanded ₹1 crore from the proprietor. It alleged this was not the first time he had demanded money, and he had already been paid ₹95 lakh. In the past, Mr. Khera had exposed falsification of documents in the government-affiliated finance company and managed to get a large loan sanctioned.

Following the repeated extortion calls, the owner of the Andheri-based company eventually filed a complaint against Khera. In July, the police arrested Mr. Khera for extorting money from a Goregaon-based company by threatening to reveal sensitive data.

Mr. Khera was arrested from a five star hotel in Goregaon while accepting ₹20 lakh as part of the ₹8-crore he had demanded from the Goregaon-based company.“We have re-arrested Mr. Khera and presented him in court, which remanded him to police custody till September 6. Mr. Nair who was his accomplice in the crime, was arrested too,” a police officer from the Kandivali Crime Branch said.

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