Journalist working on investigative story arrested over charges of extortion
Verma was arrested at 3 a.m. on Friday.
The police has claimed to have seized several CDs and pen drives from his residence.
The accused was picked for questioning in Ghaziabad, where he used to stay, and later arrested in Raipur on Friday early morning.
Verma is a digital editor at Amar Ujala and also a member of Editors Guild of India.
He has earlier worked with BBC.
The Chattisgarh government has claimed that Verma was working with the opposition party, the Congress, to malign the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).