Mumbai Criminal Investigation Department arrested two people, including a 43-year-old lawyer, for allegedly trying to extort Rs 4 crore from a developer. Police said the accused were arrested on Thursday when they came to collect the first installment of the extortion money.
Police said the complainant in the case is a developer running a project at Panchshil Nagar in the Amar Mahal area of Chembur. However, some of the tenants were raising issues and had filed a complaint against the developer. They allegedly demanded money from him to withdraw the ad.
“They had filed a complaint against the developer alleging there were irregularities in their project, after which they offered to withdraw their complaint after he agreed to pay them Rs 4 crore,” an official said.
As the applicant did not want to pay, he contacted the Mumbai Criminal Investigation Department and lodged a complaint. Subsequently, the lawyer identified as Santosh Sanskar and his accomplice Arjun Multani were arrested when they arrived at the Panchratna building on Charni Road to collect the money. “They agreed to accept the money in installments and when they accepted 15 per cent of their demand, which is around Rs 60 lakh, the two were caught,” an official said. Police said many other tenants are being sought in the case.