- FIR against Bhupesh Baghel on complaint by state minister Rajesh Munat
- Baghel had said he too possessed CD that led to arrest of journalist
- Vinod Verma was arrested yesterday over sex CD allegedly featuring Munat
Possession of the CD was why Vinod Verma, an independent journalist and a member of the Editors Guild of India, says he was arrested yesterday from his home in Ghaziabad by a police team that flew in from Raipur around 4 am.
The Chhattisgarh government has claimed Mr Verma was working with the opposition Congress to discredit the BJP government. The journalist, it says, is related to state Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel. Mr Baghel has denied it. The state government has now recommended a CBI probe into the case.
The police, that caught the last flight out of Raipur yesterday to land in Delhi and arrest Mr Verma, claim they have seized hundreds of CDs, a laptop and a pen drive from Mr Verma's home. They say he "intended" to distribute objectionable CDs, refusing to disclose the contents to the media.
"I have a sex CD of a Chhattisgarh Minister, he is Rajesh Munat and that is why the Chhattisgarh government is not happy with me," Mr Verma told reporters while being taken to court after hours of questioning. The court had granted the police three days custody of Mr Verma and allowed him to be taken to Raipur.
A freelance journalist, Mr Verma has been Digital Editor at Amar Ujala and has also worked with the BBC Hindi service.
He was part of a fact-finding team of the Editors Guild that travelled to Chhattisgarh last year to examine cases of intimidation of journalists.