Chhattisgarh Police arrested Journalist Vinod Verma from Ghaziabad

Chhattisgarh Police arrested Journalist Vinod Verma from Ghaziabad

Ghaziabad: The Chhattisgarh Police on Friday arrested senior journalist Vinod Verma from his residence in Ghaziabad near Delhi on charges of extortion and blackmailing.

Vinod Verma, according to an NDTV report, was allegedly planning a sting operation against the Chhattisgarh government.

Chhattisgarh state Congress president, Bhupesh Baghel has condemned Verma's arrest and accused the BJP-ruled state government of muzzling democratic values.

Verma is a digital editor at Amar Ujala and also a member of Editors Guild of India.

"A man named Prakash Bajaj had lodged a complaint at Pandri police station in Raipur that he was being harassed over phone by an unidentified caller, who told him that he had a CD of his master", Raipur district Superintendent of Police, Sanjeev Shukla, told PTI.

Sources said Verma was trying to extort money from the Minister.

The action was taken by the Chhattisgarh police after allegations of threatening and blackmailing were levelled against the veteran journalist.

Earlier in the day, Verma's arrest sparked off a war of words between the Chhattisgarh units of the Congress and the BJP.

The police have seized 500 CDS, pen drives, laptops from his house. I also have the CD, but it was not released since we are examining the forensic credibility of the CD. Immediately, after the pre-dawn arrest of the senior journalist, the sex clip went viral on social media, including in WhatsApp groups. Verma has not circulated the CD in form.

AAP leader and former journalist Ashutosh termed the development an "attack on the press".

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