Forgery case registered at Tytler's behest, claims Abhishek Verma
New Delhi: Businessman Abhishek Verma on Thursday told a Delhi court that he has been falsely implicated by CBI in a forgery case at the behest of Congress leader Jagdish Tytler against whom he had deposed in a corruption case.
Verma, who along with his Romanian wife, was arrested yesterday afresh by CBI in a forgery case lodged on Sports Minister Ajay Maken's complaint, told Special Judge Sanjeev Jain that it was a "politically motivated" case.
"This is a political rivalry and this is being done at the behest of Jagdish Tytler as I had deposed against him in another (graft) case.
"There was a deal between me and CBI as per which it had said that if I give evidence and depose against Tytler, the agency will not oppose my wife Anca's bail in that case. I gave evidence against Tytler but CBI backtracked," Verma argued while opposing the extension of his judicial custody.
The court, however, remanded Verma and his wife Anca Maria Neascu to seven days judicial custody till August 16 saying the matter is at an initial stage and the probe is on.
The court had yesterday granted bail to the couple after
CBI failed to file the chargesheet in stipulated 60 days' period after their arrest on June 8 in the corruption case for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss firm to stall its blacklisting proceedings by Indian government.
They were granted bail in the case for allegedly getting USD 530,000 from Rheinmetall Air Defence AG (RAD) for using his influence to stall blacklisting proceedings.
CBI had last month questioned Tytler to verify the claims made by Verma that he was in regular touch with the senior Congress leader and whether these meetings were in relation to the stalling of blacklisting of Swiss defence firm RAD.
During the arguments on extension of judicial custody, CBI prosecutor A K Gaba submitted the arrest of both the accused in the forgery case was made only yesterday and the FIR was registered on Maken's complaint. He said CBI has also received mails from Allen.
Advocate Vijay Aggarwal, appearing for the couple, argued the complaint was received from Maken on July 20 but the FIR was registered only yesterday when CBI was sure that both the accused will be released on bail on non-filing of chargesheet in the stipulted 60 days period in the graft case.
The counsel also said what was the role of Anca in the forgery case and that the alleged letter was unsigned so how can it be "false and forged".
The court said that with the material on record, prima facie it shows Anca is the director of Ganton USA and Managing Director of Ganton India and "huge amount of payment was assured in return of extension of visa of employees of ZTE Telecom Indian Pvt Ltd.
The court also said the email allegedly sent by Verma
also showed the company of Anca was responsible for the entire work being carried out in India with the government officials and it showed her role.
Enforcement Directorate (ED) had also yesterday moved the court for its permission to arrest the couple in a money laundering case registered against them.
The court had allowed ED to interrogate Verma and his wife in Tihar Jail itself and had said the agency may effect the arrest, if required.
With regard to the corruption case, the couple were questioned by CBI regarding the transactions of funds between Ganton India and Ganton USA, which are said to be his front companies, and about his business relationships with Edmon Allen who had levelled several allegations against them with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In June, Verma had moved a Delhi court accusing Allen of cheating him of Rs 55 crore and forging documents and emails to defame him. Allen had filed the complaint with CBI and other officials accusing Verma of receiving funds from RAD for bailing it out.
Verma is also an accused in the Naval War Room leak case in which commercial naval secrets were leaked to foreign firms. Ravi Shankaran, kin of former Naval chief Arun Prakash, is also an accused in this case.