Paytm founder’s secretary and two others held in extortion case

Sonia Dhawan

Sonia Dhawan, personal secretary of Paytm’s founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma and two others have been arrested in Noida for allegedly trying to extort Rs 20 crore from Sharma.

Sonia DhawanThe alleged criminals claimed to have personal information of Shrama that was stolen by Dhawan from his laptop, phone and office desktop while she was working for him.

She had planned the crime with her another colleague, Devender Kumar (Paytm Employee), and husband Rupak Jain, a property dealer.

Police is now on look out for a fourth suspect, an associate of Jain’s who is believed to have eloped to Kolkata. “We are in touch with Kolkata police for help,” said Ajay Pal Sharma, Chief, Noida police.

Sonia had been working for digital payments brand Paytm for over a decade. She has seen the rise of Paytm since its inception. Another accused Devender too had been working for the firm for over seven years.

Paytm has confirmed in its official communiqué that the Noida Police have arrested three people, including a woman employee.

“The employee along with two other accomplices attempted to extort money from Vijay Shekhar Sharma on the pretext of leaking his personal data. We are standing by our colleagues till the police enquiry reaches its meaningful conclusion,” the company said

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