The editor of an Odisha-based web portal and his reporter were arrested in the state capital for allegedly posting obscene photos of notorious sprinter Dutee Chand and attempting to extort money, police said.
The editor of the online news channel was first detained for questioning on Friday and then apprehended, while one of his reporters was also taken into custody, the deputy police commissioner said ( DCP) US Dash.
“The journalist from the web portal said he was no longer associated with the platform. We are checking his statement, ”he said.
Bhubaneswar-Cuttack Police Station DCP said a four-member task force had been assembled to investigate the allegations made by the ace sprinter and Olympian. One case has been registered in various sections of the IPC, the officer said.
“The false and obscene portrayal of me on social media and the web portal tarnished my image, which ultimately impacted my performance at the Olympics. I don’t know what harm I did to these people, ”said Chand, who also registered his statement with the police.
The athlete had also accused an RTI activist of bullying and intimidation. Dutee also appealed to a court in Bhubaneswar and filed a libel claim against the three defendants.