Vinod Verma a senior journalist got arrested by Chattisgarh police in Ghaziabad (Indirapuram) in a case of extortion, He is a member of the Editors’ Guild of India, has worked for the BBC and Amar Ujala.
Today he will be produced in front of the court, The Chhattisgarh police will ask for transit remand. He was arrested after one of the minister’s aides filed a complaint, against him as per the report. Raipur Police identified the complainant as Prakash Bajaj.
The exhortation is becoming a political row with the opposition Congress claiming that the issue allegedly involves a sex video clip of a powerful minister in the Raman Singh government.
One of the officials’ said that they have suspicion upon him as he possesses “incriminating CDs featuring a Chhattisgarh minister,” an NDTV report said.
Bajaj in his statement said that “Verma was in possession of a pornographic video of his relative, Verma had phoned demanding money for not exposing a powerful leader claiming that a video was in his possession. He further said that if Bajaj failed to pay a ransom, he would make the video go viral.”
“Primary investigations revealed details about a Delhi-based video operator. Upon interrogation, the operator divulged the name of Vinod Verma, who he said made nearly 1000 CDs. 500 CDs were recovered and a pen drive after the investigation, Police have also recovered a laptop and a dairy from Verma,” the statement said.
Vinod Verma is a close relative of Chhattisgarh Pradesh Congress committee president Bhupesh Baghel a Senior BJP leaders in Chhattisgarh told TOI
And he further added that Vinod has been closely associated with him for the last one year, allegedly managing his social media and related activities.
State Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel said that the CDs are closely linked with a sex video clip involving a powerful minister in the Raman Singh government. “As the sex CD is a minister, the police went for a pre-dawn arrest”, said Bhupesh and at the same time demanded a “forensic evidence”.
Srichand Sundarani State BJP spokesman explain it as a Congress conspiracy to deprecate the BJP government saying that PCC chief Bhupesh Baghel should make his stand clear about his relations with the arrested Journalist Vinod Verma
Soon after the pre-dawn arrest of the senior journalist, the sex clip went viral on social media, including in WhatsApp groups.