BANGALORE: A police constable, a TV journalist and two actresses were arrested on Friday on charges of extortion and blackmail.
They were caught when they were accepting money from a doctor they were allegedly blackmailing. The doctor is attached to a hospital on Cunningham Road.
Mallesh, a constable from the KG Nagar police station, Hemanth Kumar, video editor at a private TV channel, two small-time women actors, and Suneel Kumar, who runs a travel agency, were arrested by the High Grounds police and the Central Crime Branch.
Police said the two women went to the hospital two weeks ago. One of them ostensibly sought treatment for a gastroenterology problem. She allegedly had sex with the doctor while the other woman filmed it.
The group allegedly said they were from the CCB and started blackmailing the doctor with the footage.
The doctor gave them `1 lakh. Not satisfied, they demanded `10 lakh and allegedly threatened to hand over the video to a TV channel if he didn’t pay up.
The doctor approached the police. As suggested by them, he called up the blackmailers saying he was ready to pay Rs 10 lakh. On Friday, all five were caught red-handed when they were taking the money.
Police have named Raghu, a one-time gym instructor, as the main accused. Three years ago, he had gone to Mandya to attend his former wife’s wedding. Her brothers had allegedly gouged his eyes out. Raghu had recovered to be able to see in one eye. The actress had once slippered a film director at a press meet, saying he had harassed her.