OSA case: CBI charge sheet against Verma likely on Friday



New Delhi: CBI is likely to file a charge sheet on Friday against arms dealer Abhishek Verma in the official secrets case relating to confidential defence documents provided by his estranged associate C Edmond Allen.

CBI sources said that the Home Ministry directive giving the go-ahead for filing of charge sheet has been received by the agency, and it may file charge sheet in the case before a special CBI court on Friday.

The CBI had registered a case against Verma and unknown government officials after a formal complaint was received from the Defence Ministry stating that documents purportedly provided by US-based attorney C Edmond Allen, Verma's business associate, were classified and violated the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

The probe agency decided to register a case against Verma and unknown officials of the Defence Ministry under Section three of OSA (passing on sensitive information) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy).

Allen had purportedly provided documents which deal with acquisition and future plans of the defence forces to CBI and other investigating agencies.

The sources claimed that Allen had alleged that these documents were provided by Verma to show his influence in defence circles.

The documents include acquisition plans for next five years for the Indian Air Force and some of them relate to acquisition of unmanned aerial vehicles and related system besides infrastructure developed by the IAF.

PTI