The Hush Post| 04:34 pm| 1-min-read
Senior journalist Vinod Verma, whose name had cropped in the “sex CD” episode last year, has been appointed political advisor to Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel.
Four advisors have been appointed to the chief minister, an official statement said.
Verma has been appointed political advisor to Baghel.
Another journalist Ruchir Garg, who quit as an editor of a Hindi daily, was named media advisor to the Congress chief minister. He joined the Congress ahead of the just concluded assembly polls.
Pradip Sharma was appointed planning, policy, agriculture and rural development advisor and Rajesh Tiwari parliamentary advisor to Baghel.
Involved in sex CD case
A close confident of Baghel, Verma was arrested from Ghaziabad in October 2017 by the Raipur police. A case of blackmailing and extortion was registered against him on a complaint by BJP leader Prakash Bajaj.
Bajaj had alleged that he was “being harassed over phone by an unidentified caller”. The caller told him he had a CD of his “aaka” (master).
The police claimed to have recovered 500 CDs and some pen drives from Verma’s residence during a raid. After Verma’s arrest, a “sex CD”, purportedly featuring the then PWD Minister Rajesh Munat, had surfaced in Raipur.
Munat later filed a complaint against Baghel, the then state Congress president.
On recommendation of the then BJP government, the CBI took over the investigation of two cases related to the circulation of the CD.
Verma was released on bail in December last year. The police failed to file a charge sheet against him in the mandatory 60 days.
However, Verma and Baghel had denied any involvement in the preparation or circulation of the CD. Baghel had initially refused to apply for bail and stayed in judicial custody for a couple of days.