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Journalist who claims to have sex CD of Chhattisgarh minister booked for extortion

Friday October 27, 2017 3:47 PM, & Agencies

Vinod Verma

Journalist Vinod Verma who was arrested by Chhattisgarh police Friday morning for extortion claimed to have a sex CD of Chhattisgarh minister Rajesh Munat.

Prakash Bajaj on whose complaint Verma has been arrested also said that he had been receiving numerous calls, in which Verma blackmailed and threatened him of leaking an objectionable video of his higher-ups.

According to reports, Prakash Bajaj is Bharatiya Janata Party’s Chhattisgarh Committee member.

“The government of Chhattisgarh is not happy with me. I am being framed,” he told reporters after the arrest.

“I have a sex CD of a Chhattisgarh Minister; he is Rajesh Munat and that is why the Chhattisgarh Government is not happy with me,” he added.

The minister on the other hand has called the CD "fake" and said it can be investigated by any agency.

Vinod Verma, who is currently working with Amar Ujala as the Editor, had also worked with BBC for several years.

Verma was arrested from his Ghaziabad home by a police team that caught the last flight out of Raipur to investigate the sex CD and allegations of blackmail.

The police claim they have seized hundreds of CDs, a laptop and a pen drive from Mr Verma's home. They say he "intended" to distribute objectionable CDs, refusing to disclose the contents to the media.

Vinod Verma, a member of the Editors Guild of India was arrested around 04:00 am today from his home near Delhi by the Chhattisgarh police on charges of extortion.

Verma was also part of a fact-finding team of the Editors Guild that travelled to Chhattisgarh last year to examine cases of intimidation of journalists.



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