A Raipur court on Monday rejected the bail plea of former BBC journalist Vinod Verma in the Chhattisgarh sex CD case, reported news agency ANI.
Verma was earlier on October 31 sent to judicial remand till November 13.
The senior journalist was arrested by the Chhattisgarh Police from his Ghaziabad residence on October 27 for suspected blackmail and extortion related to a "sex CD" allegedly involving a state minister, who called it "fake" and an attempt at character assasination.
The journalist has maintained that he possessed 'a sex CD 'of a state minister.
"I have a sex CD of Chhattisgarh Minister Rajesh Munat and that is why the state government is not happy with me," he said.
Earlier, the Chhattisgarh government handed over the probe into the matter to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Police also claimed to have recovered 500 “porn” CDs, a pen drive and a laptop from Verma. After Verma was arrested, the sex video allegedly involving state’s Public Works Department Minister Rajesh Munat surfaced in Raipur, triggering a political row with the Congress and the BJP targetting each other on the issue.
Addressing media, after the controversy, Munat had said that Congress and Verma were trying to tarnish his image through the fake CD.
“The Sex CD is fake. I appeal to the CM to get this investigated from any agency. I condemn this,” said Munat.