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Paytm CEO blackmailed, secretary and husband under arrest

October 24, 2018

The news of Paytm CEO Vijay Shekhar Sharma being blackmailed has shocked the country. Even more disturbing is the revelation that his own staff members were behind the crime.

Vijay Shekhar Sharma is an Indian billionaire businessman and is the founder of mobile payments company Paytm.

As per reports, Sharma's secretary Sonia Dhawan has been arrested by the police as one of the main culprits.

Sonia Dhawan, her husband Rupak Jain and another Paytm employee Devendra Kumar, were part of the plan. They managed to steal personal data of the Paytm founder and passed this data to another man in Kolkata.

The man later made a call to Sharma on September 20 and threatened him of leaking the personal data and also compromising the reputation of Paytm Company. He demanded Rs20-crore as extortion money from Paytm CEO.

Reports claim that an amount of 2 lakh rupees was transferred to him after the blackmail call.

Sonia Dhawan has been working closely with Sharma for about 10 years and had access to his laptop, phone and office computer. So far three accused have been arrested and the fourth man based in Kolkata is still on the run.

As per a statement issued by Paytm,

All our consumer data is protected.
"This is a case of personal data theft of Sharma," Paytm added.

The company claims that user data has not been leaked and people using Paytm need not worry about data theft.

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