Shweta Vijay Jain (48) is at the centre of the sex and-blackmail racket that was busted in Indore on the night of September 17. A former BJP youth wing office-bearer from Sagar district, Shweta subverted the system virtually at will.
She started the blackmailing game alone soon after the BJP came to power 16 years ago, and, over the years, managed to attract scores of women and call girls with her magnetic charm. her dazzling lifestyle and fabulous contacts in politics and bureaucracy beckoned women such as Aarti dayal, Shweta Swapnil Jain, Barkha Soni and Monica Yadav to tread the slutty road to opulence. They had travelled quite a long risky distance.
On September 17, the women ran out of luck. A city engineer in the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC), Harbhajan Singh, proved to be their nemesis. he approached the Palasia police station to lodge a complaint that two women were blackmailing him.
Singh told the police that the women had secretly recorded his ‘intimate moments’ with a girl and were threatening to make public the video if he did not cough up ₹3 crore. he took the name of Aarti Dayal and Shweta Jain. The engineer had spent many nights with the girl supplied by the gang and, in lieu of that, got many work contracts awarded to Aarti’s brother. But the gang apparently was not satisfied with just that much of favour.
Following the complaint, Indore SSP Ruchi Vardhan Mishra laid a trap for the blackmailers. She asked the complainant to call the woman to Indore, promising to pay ₹50 lakh as first instalment of the deal.
The women identified as Aarti Dayal (29) and Shweta Jain fell in the trap. They were immediately detained. Their interrogation led to four more arrests in Bhopal on the same night. They were identified as Monica Yadav (18), Shweta Swapnil Jain (39), Barkha Soni (34) and Omprakash Kori (45). All of them are in jail now.
Kori is the driver of the car which Aarti and Shweta rode in to reach Indore from Bhopal before being arrested.
Their interrogations and seizure of electronic gadgets from their possession brought forth astounding facts about the abysmal moral decadence of Madhya Pradesh politics during the 15 years of BJP rule.
By all account, this has turned out to be the most sensational sex racket in India that managed to capture licentiousness of dozens of top politicians, bureaucrats and businessmen in most advanced digital gadgets including mobile phones and spy cameras. The gang used hidden cameras in lipsticks and goggles to record sexual acts.
Its targets, who were caught in a compromising position with call girls, include a former chief minister, a governor, unspecified number of former ministers, former MPs, sitting and ex MLAs, all India service administrative and police officers, engineers and wealthy businessmen.
Never before in India had such a mind-boggling degree of greed, lust, technology, abuse of power and number of call girls so filthily combined to satiate carnal desires of so large a number of powerful ‘worthies’ at the expense of the taxpayers’ money.
Police sources say members of the racket may have minted over ₹100 crore in the shape of government contracts, funding to their dubious NGOs, kick-back-in transfers and postings, not to mention direct ransom. The honey-trapped enabled the trappers to manipulate various departments under their influence with impunity.
According to a media report, Shweta confessed to having extorted ₹15 crore from 20 “victims.” This may be the tip of the iceberg. The racket roped in nearly 40 girls, including college students, to entertain the targets and secretly record the ‘entertainment’ for blackmailing.
Antecedents of the arrested women are as colourful as egregious. Most notorious of them, Shweta Vijay Jain is the most stylish one too. She had married her college time beau Vijay after a six-year-long affair against the will of her parents. Vijay, a cloth merchant in Sagar, is understood to be a partner in his wife’s crimes. he reportedly encouraged his beautiful wife to dabble in BJP politics and befriend rich and famous of the city and beyond. Over time, Shweta’s charm offensive was so pervasive that she was made an office-bearer of the Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morcha. The post afforded her ample opportunities to socialise with top BJP leaders and through them IAS and IPS officers. She was said to be pretty close to getting nomination from an assembly seat in Sagar in 2013 but a video that went viral ahead of the election stymied her plan. The video purportedly has Shweta in a compromising position with her car driver. Undeterred, she campaigned for the BJP in the 2013 and 2018 assembly elections. The Congress has released her photographs on the campaign trail in Sagar.
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