Senior journalist Vinod Verma, who was arrested on Friday on charges of blackmailing a Chhattisgarh minister will be produced before a court in Raipur on Saturday, officials said.

A Ghaziabad court had on Friday granted the Chhattisgarh Police transit remand of Verma. The senior journalist was then taken to Raipur where he will be presented before a court.

Verma who has in the past worked with Amar Ujala and the BBC alleged that he was being framed as he had in his possession, a sex tape of Chhattisgarh minister Rajesh Munat.

“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. I am being framed,” Verma told fellow journalists on Friday.

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 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.