A Ghaziabad court today granted permission to the Chhattisgarh Police for the transit remand of journalist Vinod Verma. It may be recalled that Verma has been arrested over allegations that he had tried to blackmail a political leader and also attempted to extort money from him. It is alleged that Verma has a sex tape of a minister in Chhattisgarh and he used that video to blackmail the minister. It is alleged that Verma called the minister and told him that if he does not pay the money, he will release the sex tape in the media. This is why he has been arrested and now he will be interrogated further by the police in Chhattishgarh.
Meanwhile, the Congress has criticized the arrest of the journalist, saying that it is against democratic values. Congress protest is natural since Verma was working as a consultant for Chhattisgarh Congress president Bhupesh Baghel. Earlier, Verma had worked with BBC Hindi service and Amar Ujala, but nowadays he works as a freelance journalist and is a member of the Editors’ Guild of India. Verma has been booked under sections 384 and 506 of the Indian penal code (IPC) for extortion and intimidation. However, Verma continues to deny the charges and said that he is innocent. He termed the entire thing as a political conspiracy.