BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has approached the Mumbai Police after he reportedly received another e-mail threatening to expose videos
Kirit Somaiya. File Pic
BJP leader Kirit Somaiya has approached the Mumbai Police after he reportedly received another e-mail threatening to expose videos of "leaders like him", an official said on Wednesday, according to the PTI.
Notably, police registered an FIR after Somaiya's office received an e-mail demanding Rs 50 lakh from the BJP leader for not releasing his "explicit videos". This mail was received on September 24, police had said.
The second mail was received on September 25 in which the sender claimed that he possessed clips of other leaders like Somaiya. "I will expose those as well, all of which are related to your political party," the official said quoting the e-mail.
He said Somaiya lodged a complaint with the police in the second mail.
Further investigation is underway, the official added.
Meanwhile, in July this year, the Crime Branch of the Mumbai Police had started investigations regarding a viral video clip that purportedly showed Kirit Somaiya in a compromising position, news agency ANI had reported in July this year.
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had ordered an inquiry into the matter in the state assembly. Following which the Mumbai Police had started their investigation, the ANI had earlier reported.
According to ANI, the Mumbai Police had said that Crime branch unit 10 will be investigating the authenticity of the video and the matter. The crime branch will be taking the help of technical experts and cyber experts to investigate the case.
The Mumbai crime branch had reportedly asked a Marathi news channel to hand over the video clip to the police and the source from which it was aired, ANI had earlier reported.
Kirit Somaiya had in July questioned the authenticity of the viral video and requested Devendra Fadnavis to investigate the allegations and verify the authenticity of the videos.
"A video clip of me was shown on a news channel. Claimed that I have harrassed many women and many such video clips available and complaints received against Me I have never abused any woman Request @Dev_Fadnavis to investigate such allegations and verify the authenticity of Videos," he said in a tweet.
(with PTI and ANI inputs)