Court rejects bail plea of journalist Vinod Verma, police gets transit remand


A court on Friday rejected the bail plea of journalist Vinod Verma, who was arrested from Uttar Pradesh’s Ghaziabad on charges of blackmailing and extortion, and granted Chhattisgarh police his transit remand till October 30, his lawyer said.

Verma was produced before Chief Judicial Magistrate (CJM) Archna after his arrest reported PTI.

Supreme Court advocate and Congress leader Naseeb Ahmed Khan Pathan appeared along with two other lawyers for Verma and moved a bail plea. Pathan told reporters that Verma’s bail plea had been rejected and transit remand had been granted to Chhattisgarh police.

“Vinod Verma would be produced before the district court of Raipur on October 30 and a fresh bail application will be moved,” the defence lawyer said.

Sanjay Singh, investigating officer and inspector of Crime Branch Raipur, sought transit remand of Verma. In her order, the CJM observed that reaching Raipur from Ghaziabad will take time. Therefore, the transit remand period sought by the Raipur police is justified.