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Sex CD case: Journalist Vinod Verma's bail plea rejected by Raipur court

Verma is in judicial custody after his arrest in connection with a case of alleged blackmailing and extortion

Press Trust of India  |  Raipur 

Senior journalist Vinod Verma being arrested by Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad residence over charges of blackmail and extortion in Ghaziabad. (File Photo)
Senior journalist Vinod Verma being arrested by Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad residence over charges of blackmail and extortion in Ghaziabad. (File Photo)

A court in Chhattisgarh's Raipur district today the plea of senior journalist Vinod Verma, who is in judicial custody after his arrest in connection with a case of alleged blackmailing and extortion.

The court of Judicial Magistrate First Class Bhavesh Kumar Watti the application, Verma's lawyer Faisal Rizvi told reporters.


The defence sought on various grounds, including lack of evidence, he said.

The court said the arguments put forward could not be discussed during a hearing on and that the charges against the journalist were serious, Rizvi added.

The defence would now move the sessions court for bail, he said.

Special Public Prosecutor Suresh Prasad Sharma said he opposed Verma's plea, contending that he could influence the witnesses and tamper with the evidence if granted

Verma is currently in judicial custody till November 13.

He was sent to judicial remand on October 31, after three days of police custody.

Verma had, after his arrest by the Raipur police from Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh on October 27, said he was in possession of a "sex tape" of a minister.

According to the Raipur police, a case of blackmailing and extortion was registered at the Pandri police station, on a complaint by BJP leader Prakash Bajaj, who alleged that he was being "harassed over the phone by an unidentified caller", who told him that he had a "CD of his master".

Following an investigation, a police team was sent to Ghaziabad and Verma was arrested in connection with the case, the police had said.

They had also claimed to have seized 500 "porn" CDs, a pen drive and a laptop from Verma's possession.

After the journalist's arrest, the "sex-video", allegedly involving Chhattisgarh's Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat, surfaced in Raipur, triggering a political storm with opposition Congress and ruling BJP targeting each other on the issue.

The government has recommended a CBI probe into the alleged sex CD row.

Munat had told reporters that Verma and the Congress were trying to tarnish his image through the "fake" CD.

Subsequently, the minister had lodged a complaint against Verma and Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel at the CivilLines police station in Raipur.

First Published: Mon, November 06 2017. 20:53 IST
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