Three former employees, including an advocate, of a software firm were today arrested here for allegedly extorting Rs 15 lakh from a 40-year-old company official by threatening to slap a complaint under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, police said.
S Ramesh, advocate, M Sanjeev Kumar and M Kiran, who had woked as analysts at the IT firm, were arrested based on a complaint lodged by the man, who was a senior manager in the company.
The three, who were dismissed from the company later, had nursed a grudge against Kiran for not promoting them, Police Commissioner Mahesh MBhagwat said.
In September last year, Kumar and Kiran had called the senior manager to a hotel and allegedly beat him up and threatened him of implicating him under the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and demanded Rs 15 lakh from him, he said.
The manager had given the money in two installments to the three accused and later resigned his job under pressure from them.
Then, he lodged a complaint with the police who after investigation arrested the three persons and recovered Rs 15 lakhs from them, Bhagwat added.
The three have been booked under IPC sections 384 (extortion), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) 506 (criminal intimidation).
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