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Nanda case - 'Verma wanted bribes in crores'

india Updated: Mar 10, 2008 08:31 IST
Verma came on fictitious name

Ashutosh Verma was a person who loved to assume aliases and talked of earning 10 times what he would have earned his entire life.

Verma, an Indian Revenue Services Officer of 1999 batch, who was arrested along with arms dealer Suresh Nanda, his son Sanjeev Nanda and their Chartered Accountant, had been claiming that he would earn 10 times of what he would have earned while serving in government service, the CBI alleged.

Verma, who was in Goa with his family, arrived at Mumbai on Saturday at 1730 hours under a fictitious name and he was received at the Chhatrapati Shivaji airport under the assumed name, the agency said.

The watchful eyes of the CBI sleuths were already chasing Verma, who was investigating the case of an Income Tax raid at the premises of Nandas in February last year, while he was being picked up by the taxi from the airport under the assumed name.

The room in Mariott hotel was also booked under the same fictitious name. After his arrival, Nandas and their Chartered Accountant Bipin Shah walked into the hotel and gave a fictitious name to the reception and later walked into the room where Verma was staying under the assumed name, it alleged.

The CBI claimed that Verma in one of the conversations with Shah had said that he would earn 10 times more than what he would have earned while serving in the Central Government service.

The CBI sleuths, after effecting the arrest, also turned up at the hotel in Goa where Verma's family was holidaying. The sleuths walked out with his laptop and also searched other belongings.