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Scribe blackmails playboy BJP Minister, arrested

Scribe blackmails playboy BJP Minister, arrested
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 A former BBC journalist, Vinod Verma, has been arrested in Ghaziabad, UP.His arrest is connected to a scandal about a supposed sex tape involving a...

New Delhi: A former BBC journalist, Vinod Verma, has been arrested in Ghaziabad, UP.His arrest is connected to a scandal about a supposed sex tape involving a Chhattisgarh minister.

Highlights:

  • I’m being framed as I have sex CD of Minister, says Vinod Verma
  • Chhattisgarh Minister denies journalist’s claim, asks CM for probe

A police spokesman told the BBC that Verma was suspected of extortion, and another said 500 CDs had been recovered from his house. Verma denies the extortion allegation, saying he is being "framed" as he has a copy of a sex video.

He said he has it on a pen drive. Reports suggest that the alleged sex tape concerns a member of the ruling BJP. It was a member of the BJP that filed a complaint that led to Verma's arrest.

Chhattisgarh minister Rajesh Munat on Friday said the sex CD, which journalist Vinod Verma claimed to have against him, was fake and asked chief minister Raman Singh to order probe. "The sex CD is fake.

I appeal to the chief minister to get this investigated from any agency. I condemn this," Munat said. The BJP said the sex tape was a "fake" that had been engineered by its opponents for "narrow political gains", and accused Verma of trying to tarnish the image of the party.

"We are open to any investigation," said spokesman Dharamlal Kaushik.But an opposition Congress Party spokesman, Bhupesh Baghel, told the Hindustan Times that the BJP was "trying to snuff out the issue"."Possessing a CD is not a crime," he said.

"I also have the CD, but it was not released since we are examining the forensic credibility of the CD." He said the scandal had erupted last week.Verma, who was arrested in the early hours of Friday at his home in Ghaziabad, has reported extensively from insurgency-affected Chhattisgarh.

Just last year, a compromising photograph of a young BJP MP was doing the rounds. Though that picture never got published, its circulation was wide enough to highlight that possession of such media is not as uncommon as one might think. It is part and parcel of the work journalists do.Chhattisgarh police got transit remand of journalist Vinod , and woulf be produced in Raipur court on Saturday.

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