Virk involved in extortion racket, says Karnal-based entrepreneur

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Karnal
  • Updated: Oct 07, 2015 13:33 IST
Vishal Gupta alleged that Gurgaon police chief Navdeep Singh Virk (above) masterminded an extortion racket. (Parveen Kumar/HT photo)

Gurgaon commissioner of police Navdeep Singh Virk, who has been accused by joint commissioner of police Bharti Arora of falsely implicating a family in a rape case, faced fresh allegations from a Karnal-based entrepreneur on Tuesday.

At a press conference, Vishal Gupta alleged that Virk was masterminding an extortion racket.

He charged Virk of investing ill-gotten money in benami financial firms allegedly floated at his behest. “I have submitted to the chief minister a list of 14 companies in which eight persons maintaining proximity to Virk are directors. An independent CBI probe should be ordered to find links between these firms and its connection with Virk and the sources of money,” Gupta said.

Gupta was accompanied by Ajay Bhardwaj, accused in the high-profile rape case and his sister Chanchal Bhardwaj at the press conference.

Gupta alleged that individuals were implicated in false cases of sexual harassment at Virk’s behest and then cases were settled with money.

Gupta was booked in a rape case on September 20, 2013, and he spent nearly four months in jail. He was acquitted by the Karnal district court on January 30, 2014, after the woman retracted her rape charge.

However, Gupta alleged that he was implicated after he raised his voice against suspicious activities of Virk’s benami firms.

“I was appointed director in a firm of my friend in Karnal. Later, I learnt that it was funded by Virk and the company was used to channelise finances generated from suspicious sources by Virk. When I raised my voice against the malpractice, I was told by the company management to remain silent or face police action,” he alleged.

Gupta said initially he was named in a case of forgery and then trapped in a rape case.

“Then Karnal SP Shashank Anand summoned me to his office and asked me to keep silent on Virk’s firm. Anand also threatened to implicate me in a false rape case if I insist on questioning the company’s financial sources,” he said.

Following his allegations, a deputy superintendent of police Joginder Rathee was asked to inquire into the allegations. Gupta said he was feeling threatened because of Virk’s clout and, hence, he kept silent for two years.

Meanwhile, Shashank Anand, now Rohtak SP, rubbished Gupta’s charges and said he was open to any inquiry.

“Though I do not recollect meeting Gupta but I firmly deny implicating him or anyone in any false case. He is a senior IPS officer and I have no other relation to Virk. I am baffled that my name has being dragged into the controversy and wonder why Gupta had not adopted legal recourse to prove his charges,” Anand said.

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