Senior journalist Vinod Verma on Friday said he was being framed as he had sex tapes of Chhattisgarh minister, hours after he was arrested by police from Ghaziabad.

“I have a sex CD of a Chhattisgarh Minister, he is Rajesh Munat and that is why Chhattisgarh government is not happy with me. I just have a pen drive, have nothing to do with CD. Clearly, I am being framed,” Verma told fellow journalists as he was being taken away by a team of Chhattisgarh Police.

According to reports, Verma has in his possession several sex tapes of a senior Minister in the Chhattisgarh government and was allegedly blackmailing him to extort money.

The Chhattisgarh Police raided the journalist’s residence at Indirapuram along with the Uttar Pradesh Police and recovered 500 compact discs (CDs), a pen drive and Rs 200,000 in cash, a police officer here said.

Verma who has in the past worked with Amar Ujala and the BBC, has been accused of using sex tapes to blackmail and threaten the complainant.

Rahul Srivastava, PRO at the DGP office in Lucknow said that a case under sections 384 and 506 of the IPC had been lodged against Verma in Pandri police station of Raipur district.

(With inputs from agencies)