Journalist Vinod Verma arrested

by Jared Lewis October 30, 2017, 1:08
Journalist Vinod Verma arrested

The decision was taken at a Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Raman Singh at the Secretariat in Raipur, state's Revenue Minister Prem Prakash Pandey told reporters.

The state wrote to the Union government about its wish for a CBI probe.

Vinod Verma has dismissed the allegations of the police and said that he has the alleged sex CD of a Minister of Chhattisgarh hence the state government is working with a spirit of vendetta against him.

"I have a sex CD of Chhattisgarh Minister Rajesh Munat and that is why the state government is not happy with me", he said.

For his part, Baghel said the government was trying to cover up the case.

The main opposition Congress had demanded that a probe be conducted by an independent agency under the supervision of the Supreme Court into the "sex video" row.

The ruling BJP countered that a CBI probe was necessary because criminals made what it called a fake video to malign a minister.

Munat's response came after Chhattisgarh Police on Friday arrested Verma from his residence in Indirapuram in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad.

Rahul Srivastava, PRO at the DGP office in Lucknow, that a case under sections 384 and 506 of the IPC had been lodged against Verma in Pandri police station of Raipur district.

A day after senior journalist Vinod Verma was arrested for extortion and blackmailing BJP leader Rajesh Munat, Chhattisgarh Police on Saturday registered an FIR against president of state Congress Committee Bhupesh Baghel for possessing sex tape. Action against Verma was taken after a complaint was filed by someone one close to the minister. Verma denied the charge and said he was being framed. Police have planted the CD story.

Verma was in BBC Hindi for several years before joining Hindi newspaper Amar Ujala, where he worked until very recently.

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