The CBI is planning to get in touch with the ministry of defence (MoD) to check the veracity and classification of some documents alleged to be of the MoD and supplied by C Edmond Allen, the US-based estranged attorney of controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, to the probe agency.
“We have got few more documents (allegedly that of the MoD) from Allen. He has claimed that these documents were in the possession of Verma. We know nothing about the authenticity or classification of these documents. Only the MoD can shed light on them...,” said an agency official.
Verma is an accused in the Naval War Room case of 2006, wherein he was accused of having access to classified defence documents. Besides this, the CBI is also investigating allegations that Verma had assured Switzerland-based company Rheinmetall Air Defence AG that it would get it off the Indian government’s blacklist. According to the CBI FIR, Verma was paid by the company for promising to influence public servants on its behalf.
After Verma and his wife, Anca Neacsu, were arrested by the agency, they were placed under judicial custody. According to sources, this case was also based on documents supplied by Allen earlier.
According to sources, Verma’s troubles started after his fallout with Allen, who was once his business partner. The advocate began mailing the documents to the ED, CBI, I-T department and the CVC, and the third and latest installment pertained to MoD reports on aircraft and other acquisitions.
The Enforcement Directorate, meanwhile, has launched a probe against Verma for alleged violation of the Foreign Exchange Management Act and the Prevention of Money Laundering Act — also on the basis of documents provided by the advocate.