Money received by Abhishek Verma not related to Scorpene deal: CBI

The CBI, which had conducted the preliminary investigation into Scorpene submarine deal, has found no evidence to link the money arms dealer Abhishek Verma received from abroad was connected with the deal.

New Delhi, March 20: The CBI, which had conducted
the preliminary investigation into Scorpene submarine deal,
has found no evidence to link the money arms dealer Abhishek
Verma received from abroad was connected with the deal.

The report submitted to the court in a sealed envelop said
the investigating agency had so far found no evidence against
Verma in the deal.

"At least we can disclose that the remittances that
Abhishek Verma received were not connected with Scorpene deal.
The deal happened much later," a bench comprising Chief
Justice A P Shah and Justice Sanjiv Khanna said while
referring to the contents of report.

The report was submitted after the court had directed
conduct of the preliminary inquiry into the allegation of
payment of kickbacks in the Rs 16,000 crore Scorpene
submarine.

The court has so far not disclosed the contents of the
report as the investigating agency had contended that
disclosure of it would adversely affect country`s diplomatic
relations with other nations which co-operated in the
investigation.

"Disclosure of the CBI report to public will not only be
against the interests of the nation but will also adversely
affect the diplomatic relations of India with the concerned
country (which participated in the investigation)," CBI
director Ashwani Kumar had said in his affidavit before the
Delhi High Court.

Bureau Report

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