Three Paytm employees have been arrested after their top boss, Vijay Shekhar Sharma complained to the cops of being blackmailed.
The three employees, Sharma complained to the cops, tried to extort Rs 20 crores. This, in exchange for personal and confidential data of the top boss.
The three employees of the Noida-headquartered e-commerce and wallet firm were arrested by a team from the Sector 20 police station, while the fourth accused in the case is still at large, a senior official said.
"The owner of Paytm had made a complaint with the police that their employees, a woman and her aides, had stolen some data from the company and were blackmailing. They were demanding Rs. 20 crore for not leaking it," Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP), Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ajay Pal Sharma was quoted as saying in a news report.
"Taking immediate action on it, an FIR was registered and three persons, including the woman, arrested. They are being probed about the data and their modus operandi. Police will share the facts as they are unearthed," Sharma added.
The three executives have reportedly spent considerable time at the company. In fact one of the arrested is Vijay Sharma's long-time secretary Sonia Dhawan.
Dhawan who had served as Sharma's secretary for over ten years was recently promoted as Head of Communications at the e-wallet company. She had access to Sharma's computers, including his laptop mobile phone and personal computer.
Meanwhile an official Paytm statement was published in a PTI report. "The employee along with two other accomplices attempted to extort money from Vijay Shekhar Sharma on the pretext of leaking his personal data. We are standing by our colleagues till the police enquiry reaches its meaningful conclusion," the company said.