The victim reportedly met the then State commissioner of HSG Ashok Kumar and State secretary Jyoti Kumar in 2019 through a common friend. The two allegedly promised a job for Karthik in the HSG and demanded Rs 19 lakh claiming that the job would soon be made permanent by the central government. Believing him, Karthik paid Rs 19 lakh to Ashok Kumar and made his friends also pay for the job. In total, Karthik and five others paid Rs 57.95 lakh on different dates. After receiving the money, the youngsters were taken to New Delhi and made to stay for a couple of days before being sent off.