A former BBC journalist, Vinod Verma was arrested the Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad residence on Friday for allegedly trying to blackmail a minister from Chhattisgarh with a sex CD. Senior police officials in Ghaziabad have confirmed the arrest. However, they refused to reveal details of the case. Verma is currently working as a freelancer.
“Verma was arrested by Chhattisgarh Police from his Indirapuram residence. He was brought to the police station here for questioning. A case has been registered against him in Pandari police station in Raipur,” said a senior police official.
Reportedly, Verma was arrested for possession of a sex CD involving a BJP minister in the government in Chhattisgarh. He was making extortion attempts.
Verma is also a member of Editors Guild of India. He had been penning about socio-economic and cultural affairs of Chhattisgarh.
The journalist allegedly made a call earlier this week to an aide of the BJP minister to demand ransom. Soon, a team of Chhattisgarh police raided a shop in Delhi and seized as many as 1000 prints of the alleged sex video.
After questioning the shopkeeper, the police raided Verma’s house.