‘It is very difficult to work for journalists in C’garh’

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 29 Dec 2017 10:46:44


Staff Reporter,


Senior journalist Vinod Verma on Thursday claimed that it is very difficult to work for journalists in Chhattisgarh and the journalists like him are being penalised by the State Government.
After the release from Raipur Central Jail, Vinod Verma made a scathing attack on the State government.

Verma told media persons that he was innocent in the ‘Sex CD’ case and he was being trapped into the matter. “The State Government doesn’t want that professionals like journalists work freely in the state. I am working on the stories of Antagarh tape scam and Jheeram incidents that are against the state government. So I am being penalised by the State Government.”

“As a professional journalist, I highlighted the failures of the State Government. It is my duty as a journalist to highlight the lacunae of the Government machinery and system. The Government doesn’t like my work. Now I think no good atmosphere persists in Chhattisgarh for journalists to work,” he added.

Replying to a query on his role to blackmail the minister, Verma said, “In my three phone numbers, not a single phone call has been detected that has proved that I blackmailed the Minister in the Sex CD case.”

Verma said that he had given all information to the CBI. “I handed over the CDs related to Antagarh tape scam and Jheeram incident to the CBI. The CBI should also conduct investigations of these CDs,” Verma said.

It may be noted that Special Court of CBI granted the bail to Vinod Verma after 60 days. Vinod Verma was booked in connection with the circulation and possession of a ‘Sex CD’, allegedly involving PWD Minister
Rajesh Munat.