Three weeks after lawyer Dipesh Mehta (in pic) started getting calls demanding money and threatening his life, the calls haven’t stopped even after the arrest of one person and the police are clueless about who is responsible.
Mehta, who is representing actor Salman Khan in a decade-old hit-and-run case, has received over 40 extortion calls in the past 10 days, since the arrest of Aryan Shaikh. The calls appear to have been made from a city mobile phone number.
Shaikh is said to have visited Mehta’s office on December 16 and delivered a bouquet along with a threat letter and a live cartridge. Mehta was out of the country at the time.
After he lodged a complaint, the police laid a trap and arrested Shaikh, 27, near Mehboob Studio in Bandra on December 21. During interrogation, they learned that Ramchandra Chhatri, 30, the son of Mehta’s house help, could be involved.
A staff member at Mehta’s office said, “The suspect is making threats. After Shaikh’s arrest, the person called again on December 26 and has been calling daily. We have given details of these calls to the Bandra police.”
Ramchandra Dhavale, senior inspector at Bandra police station, said, “We are trying our best but the suspect has been changing his location after every call. He also switches off the phone after making the call.”