New Delhi: Chhattisgarh police on Friday arrested senior journalist Vinod Verma, from Indirapuram in Ghaziabad on the allegations of threatening and blackmailing a person.
After arrest Verma was taken to Ghaziabad police station, where he was quizzed for several hours.
As per sources, Verma has allegations of possessing a porn CD of a politician, and the police are investigating him over the same.
Vinod Verma's statement after arrest:
Journalist Vinod Verma spoke about his arrest hours after his arrest and said "I have been arrested because I had a sex video of a Chhattisgarh PWD Minister Rajesh Munat". He further added saying, "I am being framed as I didn't have any CD in my possession". He also said that the state Government is not happy with him
BJP's Munat clarifies:
After journalist Vinod Verma levied charges against BJP leader Rajesh Munat, Munat blatantly denied allegations and said "the CD is completely fake". He further added saying, "What is the reason getting 500 copies of the CD?".
Chhattisgarh police speaks up:
Hours after arresting Verma, Chhattisgarh police addressed media and revealed that journalist Vinod Verma got 100 copies made of a CD which had explicit content. Cops further revealed that they "seized around 500 CDs from his residence, along with a laptop, pen drive and some cash".
The cops further added that "We are yet to see the contents of the CD". On being questioned on how did their team reach Ghaziabad so quickly, the cops said that "Our team was already present in Delhi to probe chain snatching case".
Who is Vinod Verma?
Verma, who is also a member of Editors Guild of India, has worked for channels like BBC and Amar Ujala.
What are others saying?
Former journalist and Aam Aadmi Party leader Ashutosh took to his Twitter and raised several questions on Verma’s arrest and also questioned if this is an attack on media.
In a tweet he said, “Vinod Verma Ex BBC n Amar Ujala Digital Editor has been picked up most mysteriously by UP N Chhatttisgarh Police 3.30am. Attack on press?”