Senior journalist Vinod Verma, arrested on extortion charges in connection with a Chhattisgarh Minister’s alleged sex CD, was on Tuesday sent in 14-day judicial custody by a court.

When Verma was presented before Fourth Sessions Judge Bhavesh Kumar Vatti, he pleaded against being lodged with hardened criminals.

The court accepted his plea and directed he be kept in a special cell in jail, remanding him in judicial custody till November 13.

Verma was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police in coordination with Uttar Pradesh Police from his house in Ghaziabad on Friday morning on charges of extortion over an alleged “sex CD” of the Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Chhattisgarh.

A court granted three-day transit remand to police to facilitate his transfer to Chhattisgarh.