Former BBC Journalist Vinod Verma Held on Charges of Blackmailing BJP Minister in Chhattisgarh

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| October 27 , 2017 , 11:13 IST
Chhattisgarh Police on Friday arrested former BBC journalist Vinod Verma from Ghaziabad for allegedly blackmailing Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Kumar. It is alleged that Verma had over 100 copies of sex tapes of Kumar, with which he was trying to extort money from the BJP minister. Senior journalist friends of Vinod Verma, who accompanied him to the police station after his arrest, said that he was arrested for the possession of a CD. Police have allegedly seized over 500 CDs from his residence. A six-member Chhattisgarh Police team had come to Verma’s residence in Ghaziabad’s Indirapuram with an arrest warrant in a case registered at Raipur’s Padri Police station. Although initial reports suggested that it was a joint operation by the Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh Police forces, UP Police later clarified that it had "nothing to do with it". According to an IANS report, Rahul Srivastava, PRO at the DGP office in Lucknow, said that a case under Sections 384 and 506 of the IPC had been lodged against Verma. Unconfirmed reports suggested that Verma, who in the past has worked with Amar Ujala and the BBC, was planning a sting operation against a senior Minister in the Chhattisgarh government.