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Arrested journalist cries foul, says being framed as he has sex CD of C'garh minister

THE ASIAN AGE.
Published : Oct 27, 2017, 1:28 pm IST
Updated : Oct 27, 2017, 1:59 pm IST

Vinod Verma was arrested by Chhattisgarh police from his residence in Ghaziabad on charges of extortion and blackmailing.

Senior Journalist Vinod Verma, who is also a member of Editors Guild of India, has worked as Digital Editor at Amar Ujala and was also associated with the BBC. (Photo: Facebook/Vinod Verma)
 Senior Journalist Vinod Verma, who is also a member of Editors Guild of India, has worked as Digital Editor at Amar Ujala and was also associated with the BBC. (Photo: Facebook/Vinod Verma)

Ghaziabad: The Chhattisgarh Police on Friday arrested senior journalist Vinod Verma from his residence in Ghaziabad near Delhi on charges of extortion and blackmailing.

After arrest, Verma was taken to a police station in Ghaziabad, where he was quizzed for several hours.

Verma, who earlier worked with BBC Hindi service, was picked at 3:30 am from Mahagun Mansion Apartments, Vaibhav Khand, Indirapuram by a team of Chhattisgarh Police with the help of Ghaziabad police, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) HN Singh said.

A case of blackmail and extortion has been registered against Verma at Pandri Police Station in Raipur district of Chhattisgarh, he said.

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

"I just have a pen drive, have nothing to do with CD. Clearly, I am being framed," he added.

Meanwhile, Singh said: "A huge quantity of CDs have been seized from the journalist's house. We are scrutinising the material to check whether there is any link to sex scandal involving higher-ups." 

Verma is also a member of the Editors Guild of India and has worked as Digital Editor at Amar Ujala.

With inputs from agencies.

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Location: India, Uttar Pradesh, Ghaziabad