Madhya Pradesh: In a high-profile honey-trap scandal in Madhya Pradesh, names of a dozen top bureaucrats including eight former ministers have come to the fore. Officials are interrogating those involved in the extortion racket in which over 1,000 clips of sex chats, videos and audios have been found from various computers and mobile phones.

Journalists, allegedly having a role in the high-profile scandal, include a resident editor of a Hindi newspaper, a cameraman of a news channel and an owner of a regional satellite TV channel. These media professionals were allegedly negotiating deals with the bureaucrats. Police arrested five women associated with the case on September 25. The kingpin of this operation is Shweta Jain, who runs an NGO, and was living in the rented house of BJP MLA Bijendra Pratap Singh. During interrogation, Shweta confessed that at least two dozen college students, mostly those belonging from lower or middle-class backgrounds, were used to seduce top-level officials and politicians. She also admitted to hiring these college girls on the pretext of providing them with jobs and a luxurious lifestyle, including a stay at five-star hotels and travel in Audi cars.

Shweta allegedly said that the operation was aimed at procuring lucrative government contracts running into several hundred crores from the VIPs. Over the years, the gang made as many as 1,000 video and audio clips to blackmail the rich and powerful to extort money from them. The cops have seized over 200 mobile phones, laptops, computers and documents from Shweta’s house.

Each woman allegedly ran her gang, and this could turn out into the biggest ‘quid pro quo sex scandal’ in the country, police said.

Bhartendhu Sharma

A journalist by profession who has been into reporting from four years. Bhartendu Sharma has worked across all the three mediums -- Online, Print and Television. Previously, he has worked with PageScoop media (a Delhi-based website). Later, Bhartendu moved to Deccan Chronicle, Hyderabad, where he covered many national and International sports tournament. While at DC, he also went to Singapore to cover UFC bout.

Apart from that, he has covered Lok Sabha 2019 elections in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal while working for Tiranga TV. He has also reported on prominent cases of crime & courts during his stint with the TV channel which featured top journalists like Karan Thapar, Barkha Dutt.

Bhartendu loves traveling and capture world in his lens. In the past, he has also made few documentaries related to human interest.

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