‘Sex CD’ case: CBI questions Chhattisgarh Congress chief

The CBI on Wednesday night questioned Chhattisgarth Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel for close to three hours in the case of the alleged dissemination of an explicit CD allegedly featuring Chhattisgarh PWD minister Rajesh Munat. It was in this case that the Chhattisgarh Police had controversially arrested former BBC journalist and member of the Editors Guild Vinod Verma in October 2017, who was then given bail by a Raipur court in December.

Chhattisgarh police arrested former BBC journalist Verma on October 27 for allegedly trying to blackmail state public works department minister, Rajesh Munat, with a ‘sex CD’.

Munat has described the ‘sex CD’, purportedly involving him, as “fake” and an attempt to tarnish his reputation. A four-member team of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) quizzed Verma for about an-hour-and-a-half after securing permission from a local court, a senior police official told.

The CBI last week took over the investigation of two cases related to the circulation of the CD, allegedly involving state Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat. Some more people might also be interrogated by the central probe agency in connection with the case soon, the official said.

According to the Raipur Police, a case of blackmail and extortion was registered at the Pandri police station based on a complaint by BJP leader Prakash Bajaj who had said that he “was being harassed over phone by an unidentified caller who told him that he had a CD of his ‘aka’ (master)”.

After investigation, a search team was sent to Delhi and Verma was held from Ghaziabad, the police had said, claiming to have recovered 500 CDs, pen drives etc.

Subsequently, Munat had lodged a complaint against Chhattisgarh Congress chief Bhupesh Baghel and Verma at the Civil Lines police station in Raipur for “tarnishing” his image with the “fake CD”.

The Chhattisgarh government had then recommended a CBI probe into the row.