A BJP legislator from Pune district was booked along with two others by the city police on Friday for allegedly attempting to extort money from the director of a private firm. An FIR was lodged Yogesh Tilekar, MLA from Hadapsar, his brother Chetan Tilekar and another person for threatening and demanding ₹50 lakh as extortion money from Rahul Gangote, director of Evisions Teleinfra Pvt. Ltd. – a company engaged in laying fibre optic cable for a number of government and private establishments across the city.The MLA allegedly demanded the money for permission to laying fibre optic cable in his constituency.The Kondhwa police, acting on a complaint filed by a company official, lodged a case against Mr.Yogesh under Sections 379 (theft), 384 (extortion), 427 (damage to property) under the Indian Penal Code (IPC) .According to the police, the incident took place in August when an accomplice of the MLA stopped the company’s employees from laying cable network in the Katraj-Kondhwa area.His henchman further told the employees to inform Mr. Gangote that the latter had to allegedly cough up ₹50 lakh a month if the firm wanted to finish laying the cables.The complaint said the MLA’s henchmen stole fibre optic cable worth ₹40,000 when the company ignored his threats. This is not the first time that the MLA, a history-sheeter, has courted controversy. In March this year, he was booked for threatening and assaulting a man and his family.