Vinod Verma arrested: Defending extortion-accused scribe shows Congress' bankruptcy, says BJP

The BJP on Friday said it was shameful that the Opposition Congress was confusing media freedom with criminal activities, following Vinod Verma's arrest.

PTI October 27, 2017 19:03:19 IST
Vinod Verma arrested: Defending extortion-accused scribe shows Congress' bankruptcy, says BJP

New Delhi: Hitting out at the Congress, the BJP on Friday said it was shameful that the Opposition party was confusing media freedom with criminal activities. The remarks came after the ruling party was accused of squeezing press freedom, following the police taking a journalist into custody on extortion charges.

Vinod Verma arrested Defending extortionaccused scribe shows Congress bankruptcy says BJP

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

After the arrest of Vinod Verma by the Chhattisgarh Police at around 3:30 am on Friday, the Congress had demanded his immediate release and accused the BJP, which is in power in that state, of squeezing media freedom.

"It is utterly shameful that the Congress is confused between media freedom and criminal activities beyond the realm of media space. Attempt to blackmail is a serious criminal offence and the Congress is showing its political bankruptcy by defending it," BJP spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao said.

Verma was arrested from his Ghaziabad residence. About 500 CDs with pornographic contents, Rs two lakh in cash, a pen drive, a laptop and a diary were seized from his house.

Demanding his release, Congress spokesperson Ajay Maken had also called for a judicial probe into the "serious sex-related allegations" against a Chhattisgarh minister named by Verma.

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