12 May, 2021

A Trap Unsprung

How I was stung, how the sting fell apart in court

Illustration by Saahil
A Trap Unsprung

The fear of suddenly losing control over one’s life and being plunged into a dark and endless spiral is the stuff of our worst nightmares. Until it happens, we never believe it could happen to us. Then, you’re on your own against the remorseless logic of events hard to make sense of. After a seven-month ordeal, I now understand the term ‘Kafkaesque’ better. My case has been reported in India and vicariously deb­ated on social media; in contrast, there hasn’t been a word in the British press. But much of the coverage and comment have relied heavily on inferences drawn from a tawdry video whose authenticity is now under legal scrutiny. And the man behind it finds himself at the wrong end of the law, potentially facing criminal investigation.

To recap: significantly, just on the eve of Narendra Modi’s UK visit last November, I was arrested and charged over allegations of “sexual grooming” by a self-styled vigilante group, ‘Unknown TV’, after a sting operation. Seven months on, the case against me has collapsed,...

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