Journalist Vinod Verma arrest: Congress accuses Modi govt of 'strangulating media'

Journalist Vinod Verma arrest: Congress accuses Modi govt of 'strangulating media'

Journalist Vinod Verma arrest: Congress accuses Modi govt of 'strangulating media'

Verma was arrested in Ghaziabad early on Friday on charges of allegedly blackmailing a BJP leader in Chhattisgarh, police said.

A member of the Editors' Guild of India and a freelance journalist, Verma has also worked with the BBC and Amar Ujala.

Maken said PM Modi has called media, "Bazaru" and its BJP's habit to malign and pressurize the press.

A Ghaziabad court has granted the Chhattisgarh Police a transit remand and the senior journalist will be taken to Raipur where he will be presented before a court.

"The Chhattisgarh government has arrested me because I have a sex tape of the minister".

"I am innocent. The sex CD featuring me is 100 per cent fake".

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Verma, who appeared in court, claimed he was arrested because he had a "sex tape" from a sting operation on the minister in Chhattisgarh, a central Indian state.

An official Twitter handle of UP Police tweeted, "He's arrested by Chhattisgarh police in a case of extortion registered at P.S.Pandri, distt Raipur.(Cr no 340/17, U/S 384 506 IPC)".

In a lookout, police found a large number of CDs from Verma's residence and took laptop and pen drive into custody.

According to the statement, Bajaj said "Verma allegedly told him that he was in possession of a pornographic video of his relative".

Strangely enough, Bajaj claimed that it was the caller who informed him that copies of the CD were being made at a particular shop located in New Delhi. Verma denied the charge and said he was being framed.

Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh Congress President Bhupesh Baghel, to whom Verma served as a consultant, has slammed the arrest of the journalist. I also have the CD, but it was not released since we are examining the forensic credibility of the CD.

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