The CBI on Saturday filed a charge sheet in a Delhi court against former union minister and Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and suspected arms dealer Abhishek Verma for allegedly writing a letter to the Prime Minister on a forged letterhead of then minister of state for home Ajay Maken seeking easing of business visa norms in 2009.
The forged letter was allegedly given to a China-based telecom firm and sought to wrongfully assure them of visa extension in India for its employees, who were foreign nationals, working with two Indian public-sector telecom firms.
It was alleged that Verma had entered into a contract with the Chinese firm through his firm and claimed that he would facilitate the easing of the business visa norms for a price.
A CBI source said, “Verma had promised the Chinese telecom firm that he will get the visas for its employees in India relaxed for two months and had sought $1 million. The $1 million was not paid to Verma however as he could not accomplish what he had promised,” said the source.
When contacted by HT, Tytler rejected the allegations against him.
“The allegations against me in the CBI’s charge sheet are complete lies. Why would I help Verma forge a letter? There are some people who want to damage me politically.”