ED registers money laundering case against Abhishek Verma
Enforcement Directorate has registered a fresh money laundering case against arms dealer Abhishek Verma in its probe against him for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss defence firm to keep it out of the government's blacklist.delhi Updated: Jul 16, 2012 20:40 IST
Enforcement Directorate has registered a fresh money laundering case against arms dealer Abhishek Verma in its probe against him for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss defence firm to keep it out of the government's blacklist.
Verma has already been arrested by the CBI in this case.
The ED has registered the fresh complaint, under provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), based on the contents of the FIR lodged by the CBI.
According to sources, the ED will also question Verma after it had obtained a local court's permission in this regard recently.
The agency has begun probe on the basis of the CBI complaint against Verma where he has been accused of taking USD 5,30,000 from Swiss firm Rheinmetall Air Defence AG (RAD) for using his influence to stall the blacklisting proceedings initiated by the government against it after the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) scam had surfaced.
Verma is already being probed by Enforcement Directorate in the Naval war room leak case for alleged irregularities of foreign exchange laws.
The agency is also working on the recent complaint filed by Verma in a court alleging that his US-based business partner C Edmonds Allen, an American attorney, and Delhi-based Arjun Arora had duped him of Rs 55 crore, which was to be paid to him in lieu of his consultancy service provided to them.
The ED headquarters, according to sources, are in touch with Allen in this case.
Verma and his wife Ancia Neascu, arrested by CBI on June 8, are at present in judicial custody.