Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka: Karnataka police have arrested two persons, including a married woman, on charges of honey trapping a priest and extorting Rs4.9 million from him in Mangaluru, Dakshina Kannada district, police said on Saturday.
According to police, Bhavya, 30, a resident of Somavarpet in Kodagu district and Kumar a.k.a Raju, a resident of Arakalagudu in Hassan district have been arrested in this connection.
The police said the accused invited the priest from Chikkamagalur to their home in Padavinangady in Mangaluru to perform special pooja. They told the priest they wanted a solution for family disputes.
When the priest came to their home, the lady behaved intimately with him and took photos and videos. Later, the priest was blackmailed by the accused persons and an extortion demand was made. They threatened the priest that if he doesn’t pay up, his photos and videos would go viral.
The priest, fearing for his image in society, paid Rs4.9 million to the accused. He deposited the money in various bank accounts as told by the accused. The priest told the police that due to the pressure of the accused he had taken a loan to pay them.
When accused further demanded money, the priest tried to commit suicide. After this, he complained to the police. Acting on the complaint, the police arrested the accused persons.
They have seized two gold rings worth Rs37,000, Rs31,000 in cash and four mobiles from the accused persons.
The accused were found to be leading a lavish life with the extorted money. They had shifted to a flat taken on lease for Rs1 million. Earlier, they lived in a small rented house. They had spent about Rs700,000 on luxurious household things and purchased a two-wheeler.