Mumbai: The Agripada police arrested a man from New Delhi who had threatened his employer, a Mumbai-based developer’s firm, and demanded two units of cryptocurrency as hush money. The accused had said that if he was not paid the amount, he would inform the income tax department and other agencies about the firm’s financial transactions and all other confidential information. Two units of cryptocurrency in India were estimated to amount to Rs 48 lakh at the time the FIR was registered in July.
The accused, Ankit Goel was arrested on Friday in New Delhi and produced before a local court in the capital for transit remand. He was brought to Mumbai and produced in court on Monday, following which he was remanded to police custody till December 1. “We had his mobile number, but he would switch it off frequently, so we had to wait to find his location. Our teams were in New Delhi for a couple of days and nabbed him there,” said a senior officer.
Goel worked in the accounts department at the developer’s office for around two years. He resigned in March this year and left without completing the exit formalities and his full and final payment was also not initiated. After quitting the job, he had allegedly messaged an official at the developer’s office, threatening to inform several government agencies about the developer’s confidential financial data. He had allegedly threatened that he would inform the income tax department about some tax evasion. The developer’s manager then approached the police and lodged an FIR.
An officer said, “We have arrested him and are investigating the case from all angles,” he said.
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