Journalist Vinod Verma Arrested Near Delhi On Charges Of Extortion

 
Journalist Vinod Verma Arrested Near Delhi On Charges Of Extortion

GHAZIABAD: A senior journalist believed to be planning a sting operation against the Chhattisgarh government was arrested around 3 am on Friday from his home in Ghaziabad near Delhi on charges of extortion. Vinod Verma, who is a member of the Editors Guild of India, was picked up for questioning from his Ghaziabad home and later charged and arrested by a police team from Raipur.

The police claim they have seized hundreds of CDs and a pen drive from his home.

Mr Verma, a freelance journalist, was Digital Editor at Amar Ujala and also worked with the BBC.

His colleagues say he was part of a fact-finding team of the Editors Guild looking into the intimidation of journalists in Chhattisgarh.

Sources say the police believe Mr Verma had incriminating CDs featuring a Chhattisgarh minister. A complaint had been filed by an aide of the minister, based on which Mr Verma was arrested.

The Chhattisgarh government claims Mr Verma was working with the state's opposition Congress to discredit the ruling BJP. It claims the journalist is related to state Congress chief Bhupesh Vaghel. Mr Vaghel has denied it.

The pre-dawn arrest has triggered outrage, with a deluge of posts on social media.

Source: (ndtv.com)