officers were shocked to find a large sum of cash
Madhya Pradesh’s honey trap operation has taken another twist in the investigation as Rs. 47 lakh (£51,000) in cash was found inside Shweta Vijay Jain’s locker in ICICI Bank.
Jain was suspected to be the leader of the prominent scam, which took place in the cities of Indore and Bhopal.
Not only did officers find the large sum of cash, but they also found jewellery worth Rs. 37 lakh (£40,000).
Previously, they recovered Rs. 13 lakh (£14,000) from another bank locker belonging to Jain.
An investigation team had received a tip-off about the money and had arrived at the ICICI Bank in Bhopal at around 1 pm on October 24, 2019.
When the locker was opened, officers were shocked to find a large sum of cash and jewellery.
The locker was emptied and its contents were taken to the bank manager’s office. A note counting machine was brought in and officers discovered that a total of Rs. 47 lakhs was in the locker.
The honey trap case has been a high-profile incident where Shweta Vijay Jain and her associates lured university girls into her operation.
She showed them her lavish lifestyle before convincing them to seduce and sleep with high-profile men, including government officials.
Jain would come into contact with the girls by claiming to be from an NGO and offering them jobs.
Jain’s associates included Barkha Soni, Aarti Dayal, Shweta Swapnil Jain and a student named Monica Yadav who were later arrested. Their driver Omprakash was also taken into custody.
Police immediately began efforts to recover the group’s ill-gotten gains.
The honey trap operation involved the women having sex with a VIP while an associate filmed the act.
The gang would then use the videos to blackmail the victims. Jain and her associates threatened to share the sex videos online unless they handed over a large sum of cash.
After Jain’s arrest, she confessed to the crime and explained that the motive was to obtain lucrative government contracts, worth hundreds of crores.
According to the investigation, around Rs. 15 crore (£1.6 million) had been obtained through the honey trap scam.
It was revealed that Jain had lured 23 girls into the scam, many from lower-class families.
Shweta had also hired over 40 young women to cater to various high-profile clients.
So far, officers have recovered approximately 90 explicit sex videos featuring members of the Indian Administrative Service and Indian Police Service.
Several mobile phones and eight SIM cards were also seized by police.