Vinod Verma arrested for extortion: Ex-BBC journalist remanded to police custody till 31 October

A local court on Sunday remanded journalist Vinod Verma, who was arrested from Ghaziabad by the Chhattisgarh Police in connection with an alleged case of blackmailing and extortion, in police custody till 31 October.

PTI October 29, 2017 22:34:29 IST
Vinod Verma arrested for extortion: Ex-BBC journalist remanded to police custody till 31 October

Raipur: A local court on Sunday remanded journalist Vinod Verma, who was arrested from Ghaziabad by the Chhattisgarh Police in connection with an alleged case of blackmailing and extortion, in police custody till 31 October.

Verma, who was brought here last night on transit remand from Ghaziabad, was produced in the court of Judicial Magistrate First Class SP Tripathi this evening, Verma's lawyer Faizal Rizvi told PTI.

Vinod Verma arrested for extortion ExBBC journalist remanded to police custody till 31 October

File image of former BBC journalist Vinod Verma. Twitter @patrakarvinod

The court has sent him to police custody till 31 October, he said.

Verma was brought in the court amid tight police security.

According to the defence counsel, the journalist has also moved an application under section 156 (3) of the CrPC in the court on Sunday, claiming that he was framed.

Under section 156 (3) of CrPC, the magistrate may order an investigation.

Verma has alleged two influential Chhattisgarh ministers hatched a conspiracy against him and no CDs were seized from his possession, Rizvi said.

He also claimed there's a threat to his life in the police custody, the lawyer said.

Meanwhile, some Congress workers who were present on the court premises raised slogans in support of Verma.

Verma had after his arrest in Ghaziabad on Friday said he had a sex tape of a Chhattisgarh minister.

According to Raipur police, a case of blackmail and extortion was registered at the Pandri police station here based on a complaint by Prakash Bajaj who said he "was being harassed over the phone by an unidentified caller who told him that he had a CD of his master".

After the investigation, the search team was sent to Delhi and Verma was held from Ghaziabad in this connection, police had said.

Police also claimed to have recovered 500 "porn" CDs, a pen drive and a laptop from Verma.

After Verma was arrested, the sex video allegedly involving state's Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat surfaced in Raipur, triggering a political row with the Congress and the BJP targetting each other on the issue.

The Chhattisgarh government has recommended a CBI probe into the alleged sex CD row.

Munat had told reporters that the Congress and Verma were trying to tarnish his image through the "fake" CD.

Later, Munat had lodged a complaint against state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and Vinod Verma at the Civil Lines police station here.

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