Bandra unit of the Mumbai crime branch, late on Friday night, arrested a person in connection with the extortion case in which senior advocate Dipesh Mehta was threatened and Rs2 crore demanded from him. The main accused is still at large.
The arrested person is a small-time history-sheeter who was asked by the main accused to deliver the bouquet of flowers to Mehta’s office along with the letter containing the threat and also to make extortion calls to him.
The accused identified as Aryan Alimuddin Shaikh alias Aftab Salim Shaikh, 27, had made as many as 30 threatening calls to Mehta in the past few days. He remained elusive to the police since he was calling from a fake mobile number, the police said.
According to the police, Shaikh had called Mehta on Friday and asked him to get part of the money to a predetermined place near Mehboob Studio. The police was alerted and began tracking Shaikh’s mobile number, laying a trap at the spot. “Shaikh came there wearing the same clothes that he was wearing on the day he delivered the bouquet along with a live bullet to Mehta’s office,” said a police officer.
The police team picked up Shaikh and his friend for questioning. “After a few rounds of questioning, Shaikh confessed to his crime,” said Sanjay Satardekar, senior police inspector.
Shaikh, however, informed the police, that he was acting on the instructions of another person.
“We are yet to apprehend the main accused, so we cannot reveal any details at this stage,” Satardekar said.