The Division Number 7 have arrested a woman posing to be a broadcast journalist, and her male accomplice for allegedly extorting money from a government doctor by threatening to flash negative news about him.
The accused has been identified as Jasveer Kaur of MIG flats, Sector 32 of Chandigarh road, and Satish Parnami of Joshi Nagar of Haibowal.
A case under sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention), 386 (extortion by putting a person in fear of death or grievous hurt) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC has been registered against them.
The accused were produced before the court on Friday. The court remanded them in one-day police custody.
The case was registered following a complaint by Dr Swarndeep Singh, who has been deputed at ESIC dispensary number 3, near Rockman factory in Focal Point.
In his complaint, Dr Singh alleged that he got a phone call from Satish Parnami, who introduced himself as a correspondent with MH One news channel.
"Parnami told me that he had got complaints against me that I am charging consultation fee from patients. On June 18, Parnami and Jasveer Kaur came to the dispensary while I was attending to patients. The accused then started videotaping the patients," Dr Singh alleged.
"The accused later called me in the evening, and demanded Rs 10,000 for not telecasting the 'news' against me on the channel, and asked me to handover the cash on Chandigarh road near Mohini resorts. The deal was struck at Rs 3,000, following which I filed a complaint with Division Number 7 police station," he added.
Following the complaint, a police team accompanied Dr Singh to Chandigarh road, and as the complainant handed over the cash to the accused, they were nabbed red-handed.
Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Ravi Shankar at Division Number 7 police station, said the police were questioning the accused for more information.