'CBI officer' arrested for extorting 'huge sum' from Roshan

CBI on Tuesday arrested a person who allegedly impersonated as an officer of the central probe agency and extorted money from Bollywood filmmaker Rakesh Roshan.

Ashwini Kumar was introduced as a CBI officer to Roshan by one Rajesh Ranjan. Ranjan had approached Rakesh and said CBI has registered a case against him and could issue an arrest warrant, the probe agency said.

"Ranjan introduced Ashwini Kumar as a CBI officer and claimed he (the latter) was third in the hierarchy," Special Prosecutor Ejaz Khan told a special court where Kumar was produced for custody after his arrest.

Kumar claimed Rajesh and Bina Shah, who own Spectrum Entertainment, have filed a case against Rakesh in connection with 2010 Hindi film `Kites' (produced by Rakesh), he said.

"Though the suit was earlier dismissed, Rakesh thought a fresh case has been filed," CBI said in its remand plea.

"Kumar demanded money from the filmmaker and threatened that if his demand was not met, his entire family, including son-actor Hiritik Roshan and his wife Suzanne, would be arrested," said a CBI source.

According to CBI, on June 13, Rakesh paid a "huge amount" of money to Ranjan. Suspecting something fishy, the filmmaker reported the case to CBI on August 20.

CBI nabbed Ranjan on Sunday, after which Kumar's phone was put under surveillance. Kumar was traced to Panipat in Haryana from where he was arrested, the source said, adding Kumar possessed some documents and fake identity cards of the central agency.

The special CBI court rejected the remand application and sent Kumar to judicial custody, observing no case has been made by CBI under Prevention of Corruption Act and the offence pertains to Indian Penal Code.

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