Ex-BBC Journalist Vinod Verma Detained on Charges of Extortion

Ravleen Chawla

Chhattisgarh police arrested Vinod Verma from his house in Ghaziabad on charges of extortion plus blackmailing. He was arrested nearly about 3 am today Vinod Verma, member of the Editors Guild of India, was selected up for inquiring from his Ghaziabad residence and afterwards charged and in detention by a police lineup from Raipur.

As per Vinod Verma was supposedly in possession of a sex tape of a superior Chhattisgarh minister.  Claims adjacent to him were that he was making extortion calls. He will be presented ahead of a court in Ghaziabad shortly today.

A freelance journalist, Vinod  Verma has also worked with the BBC as well as Amar Ujala. He is at present a consultant to Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel and shuttles amid Raipur as well as New Delhi.

In March 2016, Vinod Verma, all along with two other journalists, was a division of a fact-finding group to validate and levy the arrests of journalists in Chhattisgarh. Also, threats plus confront faced by journalists in the state. The team found that journalists were “working under terrific pressure”.

Uttar Pradesh Police alleged on Twitter that “ Vinod Verma has been under arrest by Chhattisgarh Police in a case of extortion filed at Pandri police station.  He has been charge under sections concern to extortion, criminal threats as well as illegal confinement.

As per  Police, he was arrested owing a complaint file by Chhattisgarh BJP leader Prakash Bajaj on 26th October. He, in his charge, supposed a caller assert to be in custody of offensive videos and that he exposed to make them public if he did not pay up.

The case was shifted to the Crime Branch, which, throughout the inquiry. They questioned a video operator in New Delhi who exposed  Vinod Verma’s name. The video operator, alleged Verma had to ask him to craft 1,000 copies of the offensive CD.

Police articulate that have removed about 500 CDs, a laptop, pen drives,  along with a dairy, from his Ghaziabad home. The content will now be examined.

Mr Baghel condemned the arrest and supposed “We revile the detain of Verma. I also obtain the CD on the basis of which the arrest is done. If that is the basis of action, then it is extremely condemnable. The pace at which deed has been taken by the government shows that the individual in the video is certainly a minister. To set aside their minister, they are attacking a decent  journalist.”

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