Court raised question over his arrest i.e. why he has been arrested without a CD
Chattissgarh : Ex-BBC journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh police from his Ghaziabad residence early morning on the charge of blackmailing a Chhattisgarh Minister with a sex CD. A case had been registered against him under various sections at the Pandari police station in Raipur.
Mr. Verma was taken to the Indirapuram police station in Ghaziabad for completing the formalities. The journalist who has been booked under sections 384 and 506 of the Indian penal code (IPC) for extortion and intimidation, rubbished the police’s claims that he had a sex CD.
— ABP न्यूज़ हिंदी (@abpnewshindi) October 27, 2017
Later in a day, Vinod Verma alleged that he has been framed by the BJP.
“Govt of Chhattisgarh is not happy with me. I just have a pen drive, I have nothing to do with CD. Clearly, I am being framed.” He said
“Someone gave me a 1 minute 31 seconds clip on a pen drive on October 24 and as a back-up I saved it on my laptop…. The police have planted the CD on me. It is a political conspiracy of framing me in a false case and arresting me since I am looking after the social media campaign of Congress Party in Chhattisgarh. ,” He told Hindustan Times.
BJP’s Rajesh Munat, Chhatisgarh PWD minister said its a ‘fake video’
“The sex CD is fake. I appeal to the CM to get this investigated from any agency. I condemn this,” quoted Munat.
Chhattisgarh state Congress president, Bhupesh Baghel gave a different angle on charges of framing Verma that he was giving training on social media to Congress workers as a consultant and so he was being framed.
“The clipping shows a powerful minister in compromising position with a woman. The clip is clear and the police must find out who the persons are. The clips have been circulated on social media for nearly a month now. Initially, the clips came in duration of 16 seconds or so and late of around 1.30 minutes,” Baghel told HT.
“Since the clip is on social media, it is available with everyone, including me and maybe with Verma. Why only Verma is targeted in such a case? He is a senior journalist and has never been into any such activities like extortion as alleged. We know who is there in the clip but police must find out and get forensic examination done. We condemn Verma’s arrest,” he added.
Social media has been flooded with questions which needs to be answered.
अगर सेक्स सीडी फ़र्ज़ी है तो फिर पत्रकार विनोद वर्मा गिरफ़्तार क्यों हैं? फिर केस क्या है? ये तो मिस्ट्री हो गई https://t.co/8X8kSqiYqV
— Sharad Sharma (@sharadsharma1) October 27, 2017
Why is UP police not sharing FIR copy with lawyers of journalist Vinod Verma ? Why no notice for questioning before illegal confinement ?
— Nagendar Sharma (@sharmanagendar) October 27, 2017
Chhatisgarh police arrests senior journalist, part of Editor's Guild team,for possessing CDs which expose Ministers!https://t.co/farEKSdJCp
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) October 27, 2017
— ANI (@ANI) October 27, 2017
Press Club of India will hold a meeting on issues arising out of Sr. Journalist Vinod Verma's arrest by the Chhattisgarh police,PCI,4pm
— Nistula Hebbar (@nistula) October 27, 2017
Source & Photo Credit: HT