Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, his wife and others were discharged by a special court on Wednesday in a Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) case involving alleged payoffs to influence the defence ministry to keep a German firm out of the government’s blacklist.
The court also discharged Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Verma in a money laundering case filed by Enforcement Directorate (ED) in the matter.
The CBI had filed a charge sheet against Verma, his wife, Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD) and its top official Gerhard Hoy. Verma and his wife were arrested for allegedly bribing officials to get the arms conglomerate Rheinmetall removed from blacklist of the defence ministry for arms deals.
The court discharged them saying that there was not enough evidence to put them on trial in the two cases. The judge noted that the agency did not have enough evidence to frame charges against the accused.