Indore: In yet another apparent case of media misusing its freedom, the Mhow police on Wednesday booked an editor of a local newspaper for blackmailing three lawyers. Dinesh Solanki, the editor of ‘Priya Pathak’, had allegedly demanded Rs. 10 lakhs from the trio and threatened to run a report of linking them to a eunuch’s murder if they failed to comply with his demand.
Sharma, one of the blackmailed persons, went to the police and lodged a complaint, accusing Solanki of demanding Rs 10 lakhs from him and his colleagues, Rohit Maheshwari and Sandip Bedi
Solanki, reportedly, had also threatened the trio of publishing reports linking them to the murder of one Iqbal alias Bhaiyyu - resident of Hammal Mohalla Mhow.
Iqbal's body was found on the road to Panda village in Mhow tehsil on March 21, 2011. On the basis of statement of Iqbal's brother, police had arrested lawyer Sandip Singh Sabharwal in connection with the murder on October 17, 2011. His brother had claimed that Iqbal had left home to meet Sabharwal before he was murdered.
The matter is currently subjudice. On November 24, 2011, a witness Mohd Saeed told the court that he had seen the deceased person with accused, and lawyers Rohit Maheshwari, Sandip Bedi and Pratiksh Sharma in a car.
When Solanki came to know about it, he posted this information on Facebook and even published it in his weekly on November 24.
Speaking to DNA, Solanki said, "I am being accused of knowing this fact before the police was informed. But this is because the witness spoke to me in presence of another journalist Prakash Jain."
"There is no law preventing me from reporting this. If I was, indeed, demanding Rs 10 Lakhs from these lawyers, I cannot understand why they kept silent till their names were mentioned in the court by a witness," Solanki contended
Soon after the FIR was filed, a group of Mhow media personnel, under the aegis of the Mhow Press Club, handed over a memorandum to SDOP CP Singh protesting against the move.
The SDOP CP Singh assured the media delegation that their memorandum would be considered and properly looked into.