Honey trap case: Raid on the local house of bizman, media firm

INDORE: Together with the Indore district authorities, they raided the house, the media firm and three other establishments of a local businessman in relation to the honey trap case, an official said on Sunday.

The raids took place at the businessman's house, hotel, restaurant and nightclub here on Saturday night, he said.

Soni also has a local event. Investigators also went to his newspaper's office, the official said.

So far, the authorities have not shared any details of the searches carried out at the Soni facilities.

His media firm published late news about some audio and video clips allegedly related to the case of the honey trap.

Meanwhile, some local journalists' organizations condemned the raid on the Soni media firm, saying that the exercise was aimed at intimidating the fourth pillar of democracy.

Five women and one man were arrested in Indore and Bhopal in September for allegedly executing the honey and blackmail trap.

The racket was busted after a police engineer approached the police, claiming that the defendant who was trying to extort him over Rs 3 crore was blackmailing him for some objectionable video clips.

The defendants - Aarti Dayal (29), Monika Yadav (18), Shweta Vijay Jain (39), Shweta Swapnil Jain (48), Barkha Soni (34) and Omprakash Kori (45) - are currently in judicial custody.