Bharti Singh, wife of Union Minister VK Singh, has registered a case of extortion against a man who she alleged was trying to blackmail her with the help of ‘doctored audio and video recordings.’ The case has been filed at the Tughlaq Road police station in New Delhi and the police have started an investigation. In the complaint, Singh said the man, Pradeep Chauhan, threatened to make the recordings public unless she paid him Rs 2 cr. Singh claimed she was unaware of the content of the clips.
According to police, the victim approached them on August 12 and the case was registered the following day. "In her complaint, she has alleged that one Pradeep Chauhan, who is a friend of her nephew, started calling her in odd hours and threatening her of dire consequences if she would not give him Rs two crore,” the officer added.
According to a Indian Express report, in the complaint, Singh wrote Chauhan constantly harassed her through phone calls in which he warned her that he will ruin her husband’s reputation. "She also alleged that on August 6, Chauhan posted some video on YouTube, levelling allegations against her husband. Chauhan has a licensed revolver and has threatened her family with dire consequences,” the officer said.
VK Singh retired as the chief of the Indian Army in 2012 and subsequently joined the BJP. He went on to win the Lok Sabha election from Ghaziabad and was inducted into the Narendra Modi government where he currently serves as one of two MoS in the External Affairs ministry.