4 FIRs filed in the two month long infamous Madhya Pradesh honey trap case
Having hogged the headlines in the state for the past two months, the Madhya Pradesh Police on Sunday has managed to file four FIRs in connection with the infamous honey trap case.
Four cases were filed against Jitendra Soni, the owner-cum-chief editor of an evening daily, his son and their colleagues after their establishments, including a night club were raided for allegedly carrying some exposes in the honey trap racket.
Though the raids were conducted late on Saturday night, the police issued an announcement about three FIRs on Sunday evening and about the fourth FIR late in the evening.
The police action was taken reportedly after the newspaper carried reports of erotic conversations on the basis of audio-video clips involving influential politicians and bureaucrats in connection with the honey trap racket in Madhya Pradesh.
Indore Press Club and some other organizations of journalists came out in support of the editor and condemned the raids, saying the exercise was aimed at "intimidating" the media.
A state government official said the FIRs have been registered on the complaint of suspended Indore Municipal Superintendent Engineer Harbhajan Singh under the IT Act. Singh said the newspaper infringed his privacy with objectionable material with different mediums of communications.
The officer said that 67 girls and women along with children have been rescued from the night club run by the Soni family at Geeta Bhawan crossing during the raid. They include bar dancers from West Bengal and Assam.
He said that an FIR has also been registered for human trafficking under Section 370 of the IPC. The rescued women have been provided shelter and their statements are being recorded, he added.
Another FIR under the Arms Act deals is filed after firearms have been recovered from the house of Soni including 36 unaccounted live cartridges. Two safes in his house have also been sealed.
The officer said that a hunt has been launched to arrest Jitendra while his son has been arrested. Further investigations are on, he added.