The Hush Post: A week after Dainik Bhaskar Group Editor Kalpesh Yagnik allegedly committed suicide at Dainik Bhaskar’s Indore office, the Madhya Pradesh police on Friday booked a former employee Saloni Arora for threatening to frame him in a false case if she was not reinstated.
55-year-old Yagnik was found lying on the floor of the three-storey building on July 12. He was immediately rushed to Bombay Hospital where he reportedly died during treatment about 4 hours later.
The newspaper had earlier claimed that he died of heart attack, but the post-mortem revealed that he had multiple fractures. The police said that he may have killed himself, though no suicide note was found.
Five days before his death, Yagnik, the National Group Editor of Bhaskar had handed over a letter to a senior police officer in Indore, alleging a former employee — Saloni Arora — was demanding money from him and wanted him to reinstate her using his clout.
Arora, 40, was in charge of a city pullout of the newspaper in Indore. However, she had been sacked a few months ago after being transferred to Mumbai. Reports suggest that she was asking for either reinstatement or Rs five crore, though the latter part of it remains unconfirmed.
The police on Friday booked Arora under Sections 386 (extortion), 503 (criminal intimidation) and 306 (abetment to suicide) of the IPC and Section 67A of the IT Act for allegedly threatening to circulate in electronic form sexually explicit images. What were these images is not clear. SP (East) Avdhesh Goswami said that the police have searched a few places in Neemuch and Ratlam, but could not find Arora.