During the first raid, 67 women, who were allegedly held in illegal detention by Jeetu Soni at his hotel, were released and a case of human trafficking registered against him.
Three accused in the Madhya Pradesh honeytrap case have been charged with human trafficking. (Photo: Representational image)
Almost 7 months after his illegal empire was demolished, the Indore Police Crime branch on Sunday arrested Jeetu Soni, the owner of Sanjha Lokswami newspaper, in Gujarat.
A reward of Rs 1, 60,000 was declared on Soni’s head who had managed to escape minutes before police reached his hotel My Home in Indore in December 2019.
During the first raid, 67 women, who were allegedly held in illegal detention by Soni at his hotel, were released and a case of human trafficking registered against him.
According to top officials in the Indore police, the operational details of Soni’s arrest will be released soon.
A total of 56 cases including that of gangrape of a Mumbai businesswoman, rape, extortion and human trafficking were registered against Soni after police demolished his illegal properties, an act that emboldened his victims to come forward and register their complaints.
Jeetu Soni, who enjoyed political patronage from both the Congress and the BJP and also worked very closely with senior police officers, fell out with the ruling class after he published transcripts of conversations between girls accused of honey trapping officials and politicians and senior advisors of Shivraj Singh Chouhan during his previous term as the chief minister.
Soni had also published parts of the audios on his YouTube channel.
Most of those named by the girls in the infamous honey trap case were top bureaucrats who held prominent positions in the previous BJP government led by Shivraj Singh government.
Senior BJP leaders including a former chief minister and a senior minister were among several politicians who were allegedly stung by the honey-trap girls.