Raipur: The Chhattisgarh police today lodged an FIR against president of state Congress Committee Bhupesh Baghel as well as Verma in connection with the state minister sex CD case. The FIR was registered under relevant sections of IT act, news agency ANI reported.
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.
“This is an attack on democracy and we condemn this. They are targeting a journalist to protect their minister,” the Congress leader said yesterday on Mr Verma’s arrest.
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.