General V.K. Singh's wife files extortion case against nephew's friend

She claimed that if he has threatened her that he would make public some doctored audio and video clips if she fail to pay him Rs 2 crore

General V.K. Singh

The wife of Union Minister of State for External Affairs General (retd) V.K. Singh has filed a complaint against a youth for allegedly blackmailing her and demanding Rs 2 crore as extortion money, the Delhi Police said on Wednesday.

The Minister's wife, Bharti Singh registered the complaint late on Tuesday at Tughlaq Road police station. In her complaint to the police, Bharti Singh claimed: "The accused named Praveen Chauhan, friend of my nephew, has been threatening me with dire consequences, saying that if I fail to pay him Rs 2 crore, he will make public some doctored audio and video clips, contents of which are unknown to me."

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader's wife also claimed that the accused has been calling her late in the night and during the day, blackmailing her and extorting money.

Bharti Singh further said that the accused had threatened to ruin her and the reputation of her husband.

She alleged that Praveen Chauhan recently posted a video on YouTube levelling false allegations against her husband and her family as part of his extortion bid.

The Union Minister's wife demanded that her and her family's security be enhanced as the accused carries a licensed gun and her husband travels abroad regularly for official purposes.

When contacted, the Delhi Police said that it had registered a case for extortion and criminal intimidation against the accused and was examining the case.

"We have registered a case under Sections 384 (extortion) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC (Indian Penal Code) and we have formed multiple teams to look into the matter," a senior police officer said, requesting anonymity.