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Journalist Vinod Verma arrest: How come he himself revealed info where the sex tapes were being copied?

It took the Chhattisgarh police barely 12 hours after the filing of an FIR by an unknown person to turn up at the doorstep of senior journalist Vinod Verma in Ghaziabad at 3.30 am on Friday.

Published: 27th October 2017 02:49 PM  |   Last Updated: 28th October 2017 09:24 AM   |  A+A-

Senior journalist Vinod Verma has been arrested by the Chhattisgarh police on extortion charges. (Twitter | Vinod Verma)

Senior journalist Vinod Verma has been arrested by the Chhattisgarh police on extortion charges. (Twitter | Vinod Verma)

Express News Service

RAIPUR: It took the Chhattisgarh police barely 12 hours after the filing of an FIR by an unknown person to turn up at the doorstep of senior journalist Vinod Verma in Ghaziabad at 3.30 am on Friday. A former BBC Hindi service journalist and a member of the Editor Guild, Vinod Verma was taken into police custody for allegedly calling the complainant Prakash Bajaj and threatening to release a sex video featuring the latter’s mentor, a senior minister in the Chhattisgarh government. According to the Raipur police, the FIR was lodged by Prakash Bajaj at the Pandri police station on Thursday afternoon.

Sources in the police said little is known about Bajaj; nor was much information available about the conversations he allegedly he had with an unknown caller — from a landline — threatening him with a purported sex tape involving his mentor, a senior minister in the BJP government of Chhattisgarh.
Police said their traces led them to Vinod Verma. When they swooped down on the journalist’s residence in Ghaziabad before dawn on Friday, they found 500 CDs purportedly containing pornographic material that would have harmed the dignity of “a high-profile person”.

Strangely enough, Bajaj claimed that it was the caller who informed him that copies of the CD were being made at a particular shop located in New Delhi. Police claim that it was the video shop owner who gave them the name of Vinod Verma, who allegedly contracted him to print 1000 CDs of the sex tape.
Raipur superintendent of police Sanjeev Shukla said the Chhattisgarh police have no information on the contents of the CDs, except that they were sleazy and “might harm the reputation of some high-profile person”.

Sources told New Indian Express that Verma was an adviser to the Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel and a member of a fact-finding team that visited Bastar last year to investigate the intimidation of journalists there.

Raipur inspector-general Pradeep Gupta and SP stated Sanjeev Shukla that they have not yet seen the CD nor did they have a clue about the phone number from which Bajaj got the threatening call.
“We know that despite knowing that it was a sex tape, he (Vinod Verma) got 500-1000 copies of it made. We will produce the evidence in court and seek police remand,” Shukla said.



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