Ashishkumar Sharma, who told police that he was an assistant director in the film industry, was arrested from Mumbai in a joint effort by the Morbi police, the Ahmedabad police's Crime Branch and Mumbai police's Anti-Extortion Cell, said a senior official.
"On May 16, former minister Kavadia got a call from Sharma, who after identifying himself as gangster Ravi Pujari's henchman, demanded Rs 5 lakh from him," said Akshayraj Makwana, Superintendent of Police, Morbi.
He said that investigations so far had revealed that Sharma had tried this modus operandi with five to six personalities from the Hindi film industry.
Sharma, the official said, has stated that he called Kavadia because he was in dire need of money.
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