The Chhattisgarh police have arrested senior journalist Vinod Verma in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram in connection with the extortion case.
The arrest was made in the wee hours of Friday morning from his home in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram area.
The senior journalist Vinod Verma will be pronounced in court at 12 pm today.
It was reported that the arrest was made after the journalist tried to blackmail a Chhattisgarh minister.
It was learned that the Chhattisgarh Police will ask for the transit remand in the same.
The senior journalist Vinod Verma has been a member of Editors’ Guild of India and has worked for BBC and Amar Ujala.
Rahul Srivastava, PRO at the DGP office in Lucknow said a case has been registered under the sections of 384 and 506 of the IPC with the Pandri police station of Raipur district.
Police official said the journalist was arrested under the charges of extortion, criminal intimidation, and wrongful confinement.
In a lookout, police found a large number of CDs from Verma’s residence and took laptop and pen drive into custody.
Meanwhile, Chhattisgarh state Congress president, Bhupesh Baghel criticizes the arrest of the journalist and said, “The alleged sex scandal involving a sitting state minister surfaced last week. I also have the CD, but it was not released since we are examining the forensic credibility of the CD. The journalist was arrested for the possession of the same CD. Possessing a CD is not a crime. Verma has not circulated the CD in form. His arrest shows the BJP government is trying to snuff out the issue”.