He alleged that he was promised, through two persons, Dubai-based brothers Manoj Prasad and Somesh Prasad, that the harassment would cease if he paid a bribe of Rs. 5 crore. He alleged the brothers had made the promise on the basis of a telephone conversation they had in his presence with Asthana. He claimed he had paid Rs. 1 crore to an identified person in Dubai and later Rs. 1.90 crore to another person in Delhi. He was told later that instructions were given by Asthana that his case be looked into. He also alleged that he did not get any relief from the harassment despite paying out nearly Rs 3 crore. When he complained of this to Manoj, he was told that this was happening due to non-payment of the balance amount of Rs. 2 crore.