RAIPUR: Ghaziabad court has granted Chhattisgarh police the transit remand of senior journalist Vinod Verma who was arrested from his residence in Ghaziabad early Friday on the allegation of attempted extortion on the basis of a purported sex tape involving a Chhattisgarh minister.
The Raipur superintendent of police Sanjeev Shukla said that Verma will be brought to Raipur for questioning and further investigation.
Verma during his arrest claimed that the Chhattisgarh government is unhappy with him and he is being framed. “I have a pen drive and nothing to do with the incriminating CD”, he said while being taken by the police.
Meanwhile, the senior ministers of the Raman cabinet held a joint press conference in support of the Public Work Department, Housing & Environment minister Rajesh Munat.
“I seek a thorough probe into the entire episode where my name has been maliciously dragged. And whosoever is found as guilty must be brought to book”, Munat said.
The Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel opposed the arrest of Verma. “Such arrest is a murder of democracy. Can merely the possession of any CD be a ground for arrest?” Baghel asked.
The Chhattisgarh's Bhartiya Janta Party has also decided to lodge an FIR against Verma in the civil lines police station later today.