Odisha honeytrap case: Archana Nag’s bail plea rejected

Bhubaneswar: The court of SDJM here today rejected the bail application of Archana Nag, who is accused of extorting lakhs of rupees from politicians, businessmen and influential persons by blackmailing them with videos of intimate moments between her and them.

Archana had on Friday moved the court seeking bail. Hearing the bail plea, the court had reserved the verdict.

Today, she appeared before the court virtually through videoconferencing. As a result of rejection of her bail application, she will be kept at the Jharpada Special Jail here.

The Twin City Commissionerate Police had arrested her on October 7.

The accused used to identify herself as a lawyer and befriend influential persons on Facebook. She also used to invite them to her house and record the intimate moments on hidden cameras. Blackmailing them with the videos and demanding money from them was her modus operandi.

The entire matter came to light after Ollywood producer Akshay Kumar Parija lodged an FIR with the Nayapalli police alleging that a girl invited him to her house in Bhubaneswar for dinner, recorded objectionable videos and later started blackmailing him.

Also read: How Archana Blackmailed A Girl With Obscene Video And Forced Her To Trap Akshay Parija.

The case has sent shockwaves across the state with speculations being rife about the involvement of several senior politicians.

During probe, she was found in possession of palatial house in Bhubaneswar, luxurious cars and valuables worth crores.

Archana and her husband Jagabandhu Chand amassed assets worth around Rs 30 crore within a span of four years from 2018 to 2022, a police official said.

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