RAIPUR: After being arrested for allgedly blackmailing a senior minister using a sex tape, senior journalist Vinod Verma claimed that he was “innocent” and asserted that he has framed and picked up by the Chhattisgarh police on Friday morning.
He denied that he got the copies of the CDs carrying objectionable contents as claimed by the police. The police said they had seized 500 CDs, a pen drive, a laptop and some cash from his house at Ghaziabad.
“I just have a pen drive. The Chhattisgarh government is unhappy with me since I have serious matter against the minister Rajesh Munat, which the government want to suppress”, he said while being taken away by the police.
Since Verma publicly named the Housing and Environment minister Rajesh Munat, the state BJP, led by him lodged a First Investigation Report against the senior journalist in Raipur civil lines police station.
Naseeb Pathan, the senior counsel for Verma, who moved his bail application, claimed that the police couldn’t find anything incriminating from his residence and didn’t have concrete evidence against him.
The claim was however challneged when the police produced the CDs, reportedly seized from Verma’s residence, before the court of the chief judicial magistrate in Ghaziabad following, which his transit remand was granted.