Tarot reader Poonam Sethi was at a party on Wednesday when friends started calling her about an SMS circulating in Delhi’s P3 circle. The SMS says that Poonam Sethi, a "fraudulent tarot reader", is running a sex racket from a south Delhi-based apartment, and is having illicit relationships with younger men while her family has no clue. While the SMS and subsequent emails spread like wildfire, events unravelled further into a public spectacle. While Poonam lodged a complaint at the Kirti Nagar police station against the unidentified sender, subtle hints were being dropped by her friends about her husband, Sanjay, being responsible. When we spoke to Sanjay, he was not so ambiguous in his response and said that he believes that the part of the SMS about Poonam's alleged affairs is true, while he has no clue about the rest.
The SMS was sent en masse to people in Delhi’s social circle. As soon as Poonam got wind of it, she decided to lodge an FIR against the anonymous sender. Speaking to us at the police station, she said, "This is all baseless. I have a career of 23 years that is at stake. Since I'm a celebrity, it is easy to bring me down, more so because I'm a woman. What’s the easiest way to defame a woman? Cast aspersions on her character. That’s what’s happening here."
Till midnight on Wednesday, Media was with Poonam at the police station, where she lodged the complaint, which was registered in the daily diary. She was issued an NCR (non criminal report), but no FIR was registered. She said, “Since this is a case of defamation, the police has advised us to file a case in the court, which we are going to.”
Common friends insinuated that Sanjay was behind the message. The couple has been married for 24 years and Media has learnt that Poonam had recently initiated the process of separating. A friend of Poonam said, "She’s been having a strained relationship with him and wanted to get out. She would’ve done it earlier had it not been for her three kids. Her son is so shaken by the events that he has gone into depression."
Sanjay, when asked to respond, tore into Poonam, stating on record that she was cheating on him. He confirmed that she had rented a flat but he didn’t know for what purpose.