Printed:November 1, 2017 5:22 am
A neighborhood courtroom in Raipur on Tuesday despatched senior journalist and Editors Guild member Vinod Verma to judicial custody after three days of police custody. Verma, arrested by Chhattisgarh Police from his dwelling in Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, within the early hours of October 27, informed the courtroom that he’s apprehensive about an assault on his life. The police didn’t search an extension of remand.
Verma claims he was arrested since he has a “intercourse CD”, allegedly that includes Chhattisgarh PWD Minister Rajesh Munat. Verma has been charged with extortion and legal intimidation.
Munat has denied the allegation and on Saturday filed a police case in opposition to Verma and Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel for “maligning” his picture.
Satish Verma, advocate for the journalist, informed The Indian Categorical, “The police haven’t requested for additional remand, which signifies that their investigation is now over. We’ve got anyway seemed to show that the whole case is fake and frivolous. The investigation facet now has 60 days to file a chargesheet.”
Satish Verma stated that the defence had moved purposes earlier than the courtroom in search of elevated safety in jail in view of a perceived risk in opposition to the journalist’s life. “These have been accepted by the courtroom,” he added.
Congress chief Baghel informed the media in Raipur that on condition that Vinod Verma had indicated he had extra revelations to relate, there’s a risk to his life. “His meals in jail could be poisoned,” Baghel claimed.
Baghel additionally accused the BJP of being hypocritical in its stance on the investigation, claiming that the CD is pretend and on the identical time demanding a CBI probe within the case.
Verma’s lawyer additionally stated that whereas the choice to use for bail was out there to his shopper, they have been selecting in opposition to it with the intention to “ship a message.” He stated, “The message being despatched is that there’s nothing to be afraid of — that this can be a pretend and concocted case. Mr Verma is sending a message not simply to the state authorities but in addition to the society at massive by way of what’s at present the very best type of protest.”
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