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.
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.
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.
Her attack on Adityanath came as on this day, last year, the horrific Hathras incident took place in which a young Dalit woman was raped by four men.
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