Mumbai Man Arrested in Anoushka Blackmail Case

In connection with blackmailing young sitarist and legendary musician Pandit Ravi Shankar’s daughter, Anoushka, Delhi police has arrested a Mumbai-based man who allegedly accessed her photographs stored in her laptops.

A senior police official said that the man, whose identity has yet not been made known, was captured by the Special Cell of Delhi Police following investigations in Mumbai.

Ravi Shankar had approached police last month complaining about the harassment meted out to his daughter.

A case was registered last week under Section 386 of Indian Penal Code which relates to extortion by putting in fear of death or hurt and provides for a maximum punishment of 10 years in jail.

The official said that the musician, who lives in the US, has told police that Anoushka had given her laptop to a service centre in south Delhi in February.

“We think that the material in the laptop was copied by someone. We interrogated the staff at the Apple Services Centre. Later, we zeroed in on the Mumbai-based man and arrested him,” he said.

The man allegedly sent a series of e-mails to 28-year-old Anoushka, demanding money for not making public the photographs. The alleged blackmailer even asked for USD one lakh in one e-mail. Police did not state as to when the man was arrested.

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