New Delhi, Oct 30: School teacher Uma Khurana, who figured in the fake TV sting operation on an alleged prostitution racket, was on Tuesday let off by the Delhi Police which however chargesheeted the Live India TV reporter and two others.
Reporter Prakash Singh and his two associates, businessman Prakash and aspiring journalist Rashmi, faced charges of criminal conspiracy and cheating for allegedly maligning Khurana in the fake sting.
In Khurana`s case, the chargesheet said though being a school teacher she knowingly and willingly handed over Rashmi to Prakash believing that she was allegedly a prostitute and he an exporter respectively. Khurana seems to have committed an offence under section 5 of Immoral Trafficking and Prevention (ITP) Act, the police said, but added there is no sufficient evidence against her to frame charges.
Filing the chargesheet in the court of Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Alok Agarwal, the crime branch alleged that Prakash in a criminal conspiracy with businessman Virender Arora tried to settle their personal scores through the fake sting.
The TV sting had resulted in violence outside Khurana`s school near Daryaganj in the walled city and prompted the Delhi government to first suspend the teacher and then terminate her from service.
Khurana was granted bail on September 10 after the court noted that she was more of a victim than an offender in the fake sting operation of a private news channel.
The police chargesheeted Singh, Arora and Rashmi under various sections of Indian Penal Code (IPC), including 120-B (criminal conspiracy), 420 (cheating), 468 (forgery for the
purpose of cheating) and 471 (using a forged document as genuine).