Indore/Bhopal: The honey trap sex scandal rocked Madhya Pradesh and left a tsunami effect across bureacratic and political circles cutting across party lines when a few explicit videos went viral and six persons, including five women, allegedly involved in this scandal were arrested in September following a complaint by an Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) engineer accusing two women of blackmailing him by threatening to make some objectionable videos viral.
Honey trap scandal became a daily front page news. On the basis of police investigation, mediapersons were having access and regularly getting a feedback on how a a couple of women, associated closely with both the leading political parties – Congress and the BJP – were running a sex racket. Accordingt o available reports, their victims allegedly included even a former Chief Minister. Names of many politicians and senior bureacrats are also floating in the public domain in this connection. It is alleged that the women involved were enticing their prey and then they were either using them to get huge government orders, and grants for NGOS. They had also channelised their activities and links with the high and mighty to take full advantage of the lucrative and flourishing ‘transfer and posting industry”.
In the run-up for the Magnificent Madhya Pradesh event organised at Indore by the State Government for attracting investment on October 18, State Chief Minister Kamal Nath had sent a clear message down the line a the administrative level that the honey trap scandal cannot be allowed to lower the image of Madhya Pardesh. Imemdiately the spin doctors and media managers of the State government swung into action and overnight all news about this scandal not only disappeared from the front page but media almost went silent in this matter.
In recent days, there has been another significant development. The Congress Government in Madhya Pradesh, which commands majority in the Assembly with a wafer thin outside support, has been under constant pressure from day one as the BJP has been continuously questioning the stability of the Government. But due to the honey trap scandal , BJP’s topguns have suddenly gone into a shell.
On Monday, 21 October, the division bench of the High Court at Indore heard two petitions and directed Special Investigation Team (SIT) chief Rajendra Kumar, who is a DG level officer, to send all the digital evidence (video files, call recordings, and messages recovered from smartphones, PCs, laptops, along with hard discs and external storage drives) collected from the accused in the honey trap case to the forensic lab in Hyderabad. The Court has also questioned the reconstitution of SIT thrice in quick succession and sought a detailed report from SIT in a sealed cover within 15 days.
The High Court has directed that the investigating officer in this case should not be transferred outside the State without the court’s permission. The matter will now be heard on December 2.