Being framed because I have the CD: Arrested BBC journalist Vinod Verma
Ghaziabad : BBC senior journalist Vinod Verma, who has been arrested on charges of extortion, claims that he is being framed because he has the sex tape of a minister from Chhattisgarh government.
"I have a sex CD of a Chhattisgarh Minister, he is Rajesh Munat and that is why the Chhattisgarh government is not happy with me," Mr Verma told the news agency ANI.
Vinod Verma, a member of the Editors Guild of India, was arrested from his house at 4:00 AM from his Ghaziabad residence.
Hundreds of CDs, a laptop and a pen drive has been seized from Vinod Verma's house. The cops claim that the journalist was making copies of the CD with an intention to distribute them.
A freelance journalist, Mr Verma has been Digital Editor at Amar Ujala and has also worked with the BBC Hindi service.
He was part of a fact-finding team of the Editors Guild that travelled to Chhattisgarh last year to examine cases of intimidation of journalists.
The arrest has outraged several journalist who reacted sharply to it and even termed it as attack on media.
Sr Journalist, Vinod Verma(formerly with BBC) was picked up last night at 3AM by UP and Chattisgarh Police. Emergency days are here!— urmilesh (@UrmileshJ) October 27, 2017
Vinod Verma Ex BBC n Amar Ujala Digital Editor has been picked up most mysteriously by UP N Chhatttisgarh Police 3.30am. Attack on press?— ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) October 27, 2017