Alleged sleaze CD row: Journalist Vinod Verma gets bail two months after arrest

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Former BBC journalist Vinod Verma was on Thursday granted bail in an alleged sleaze CD case, two months after he was arrested from his house.

journalist Vinod Verma
(Source: Express Photo/Prem Nath Pandey)

Last week, Verma was grilled by a four-member CBI team, which visited Raipur Central Jail, where he taken to after being arrested from Ghaziabad.

Verma, who’s also a member of the Editors Guild of India, was arrested on accusations of extortion, dissemination and production of pornographic CDs, allegedly featuring Chhattisgarh minister Rajesh Munat.

A court had rejected his bail plea earlier thereby paving the way for his transit remand from Ghaziabad to Chhattisgarh.

Verma had alleged that two influential Chhattisgarh ministers hatched a conspiracy against him and no CDs were seized from his possession. His lawyer also added that there was a threat to his life in the police custody

According to Raipur police, a case of blackmail and extortion was registered at the Pandri police station here based on a complaint by Prakash Bajaj who said he “was being harassed over the phone by an unidentified caller who told him that he had a CD of his master”.

After investigation, the search team was sent to Delhi and Verma was held from Ghaziabad in this connection, police had said.

Police also claimed to have recovered 500 “porn” CDs, a pen drive and a laptop from Verma.

 

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