The politics have intensified over the arrest of senior Journalist Vinod Verma who claimed to have a sex CD of Chhattisgarh PWD Minister Rajesh Munat.
Congress leader Ajay Maken in a press conference on Friday said, “The media is one of the strongest pillars of India’s democracy and the Narendra Modi government wants to strangulate it.”
Maken strongly criticised the arrest of Vinod Verma who is also a member of the Editor’s Guild of India and demanded his immediate release.
Maken said PM Modi has called media, “Bazaru” and its BJP’s habit to malign and pressurize the press.
Senior journalist Vinod Verma was arrested by Chhattisgarh Police from his residence in Uttar Pradesh's Ghaziabad district on Friday morning.
Vinod Verma has been sent on transit remand by a Ghaziabad Court. He will be presented before a Chhattisgarh court by the police.
Verma claimed that he is “being framed because he has a sex CD of Rajesh Munat, the PWD minister in Chhattisgarh’s Raman Singh-led BJP government.
However, Munat has rubbished the claims of Vinod and said the CD he is talking about is fake and will himself appeal to Chief Minister to investigate it.
According to Uttar Pradesh Police, Vinod Verma has been arrested on the charges of an extortion case filed in Chhattisgarh's Raipur.
An official Twitter handle of UP Police tweeted, “He's arrested by Chhattisgarh police in a case of extortion registered at P.S.Pandri,distt Raipur.(Cr no 340/17,U/S 384 506 IPC)".