Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

A woman was arrested by Gurugram police on Tuesday for allegedly trying to extort money from former Team India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh’s mother Shabnam Singh by blackmailing her.

The accused has been identified as Hema Kaushik alias Dimpy, a resident of Khirki village in Delhi.

As per police sources, the accused was employed as a caretaker for Yuvraj’s younger brother last year. She was let go from work after her work seemed unsatisfactory. However, the complainant got a call from the accused a year later. The accused allegedly threatened that she would defame the family by filing a false case if they do not pay her Rs 40 lakh.

However, she was caught red-handed by the Gurugram police on Tuesday while taking Rs 5 lakh in advance.

“Based on a complaint given by the former cricketer’s mother,, a case under section 384 (extortion) was registered against the woman at DLF Phase-1 police station,” said Nitish Aggarwal, DCP, East.

Shabnam filed a complaint on Monday at the DLF Phase-1 police station, alleging that in 2022, she hired Kaushik as a caretaker for Zorawar Singh, the younger brother of Yuvraj, as Zorawar was suffering from depression for the last 10 years.

She further alleged that after a few days, she felt that the caretaker was not professional and Kaushik was trapping her son and subsequently fired her. Shabnam also mentioned in her complaint that in May 2023, the woman started sending messages and calls continuously on WhatsApp, threatening her that if she was not given money, she would implicate Shabnam’s  family in a false case and defame the entire family.

The accused demanded Rs 40 lakh from the complainant. Shabnam alleged that on July 19, she received a message on her WhatsApp from the accused that she would file a case against her on July 23, after which her entire family would be defamed.

The complainant sought time from the woman to collect such a huge amount, after which it was decided to pay Rs 5 lakh by Monday and when the woman came to collect Rs 5 lakh at Mega Mall in Gurugram on Tuesday, the police nabbed her red-handed.