Bahraich: SP leader Dilip Verma and two others have been booked on charges of extortion and issuing threats to a village panchayat officer, police said on Saturday.
In a complaint made to the police, panchayat officer of Chowksahar Mansaram Yadav alleged that the former legislator called him to his house and pressurised him to make a payment of Rs 10 lakhs to two gram pradhans in an illegal manner, without undertaking any development work.
Yadav said when he expressed his inability to do so, the ex-MLA allegedly demanded the same amount for himself and with the two gram pradhans present there, abused and issued threats to Yadav.
On the complaint of Yadav, a case has been registered against Verma and two others and investigations were on, police said.
Verma recently completed a jail term of five years in connection with an attack on a Dalit constable.