Chhattisgarh police booked state Congress chief, Bhupesh Baghel in a case over alleged extortion attempt for a sex CD purportedly involving a minister by former BBC journalist Vinod Verma. Verma was arrested earlier in the day.
Several sections of IT Act were slapped on Baghel and Verma after a fresh complaint registered against them by Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munat. Munat accused both of them of trying to malign his image with the bogus sex CD. The minister said he is ready for any probe.
Chhattisgarh BJP had already said that the state Congress chief was part of the ‘conspiracy.’
Verma, who has the CD that shows minister in a compromising position with a woman, was arrested on Friday from his residence. He was booked under sections 384 and 506 of the Indian penal code (IPC).
“A case has been registered under various sections of IT act against Vinod Verma and Bhupesh Baghel following the complaint,” said ASP Raipur, Vijay Agarwal.
“Someone gave me a 1 minute 31 seconds clip on a pen drive on October 24 and as a back-up, I saved it on my laptop…. The police have planted the CD on me. It is a political conspiracy of framing me in a false case and arresting me since I am looking after the social media campaign of Congress Party in Chhattisgarh,” Verma told HT.