The Chattisgarh government has recommended for the CBI inquiry, the controversial alleged sex CD matter in which a former BBC scribe, digital editor of Amar Ujala and member of editors’ guild had been arrested by the Chattisgarh police and sent to transit remand by the Ghaziabad court. The arrested journalist Vinod Verma who has been charged of blackmailing and extortion by Chattisgarh police has opposed his arrest terming it as arbitrary and on false and fabricated grounds charging the state police of political revenge as he possesed the recorded CD of a minister in the Chattisgarh government, the charge denied by the state BJP.
According to information the arrested scribe had given up his previous journalistic assignments and was working as the media incharge of the Chattisgarh Congress Committee and is said to be related to the state Congress president. During the raid at his house at Ghaziabad the police claimed to have recovered hundreds of CDs which the police have confiscated.
The press club of India and several media organisations have held a protest meeting on 28th October at the PCI premises and expressed their annoyance and protest over the arbitrary arrest of a senior journalist on false and concocted grounds with a clear intent of vindictiveness as they feared about the exposure of the alleged immoral act of the minister of the state government. Political analysts say that handing over the CD enquiry to CBI instead of the state CID is an appreciable step as it will bring out the clear picture of the case to the satisfaction of everybody.
However there are divergent views in the social networking site by journalists and activists possesing different ideological affiliations. The episode has assumed significance in view of the arrest of a senior journalist having several decades of experience in hindi journalism.