The CBI today registered a fresh case against arms dealer Abhishek Verma for allegedly writing a letter to the Prime Minister on a forged letterhead of the then Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken seeking easing of business visa norms in 2009.

Acting on Maken’s complaint that the letter was forged, CBI registered a fresh case against Verma under section 469 of the IPC which relates to forgery for the purpose of harming reputation, agency sources said.

The agency has also slapped charges for the violation of Information Technology Act and Prevention of Corruption Act in the fresh case, they said.

Verma has moved for bail before a special court here.

This is because the CBI has failed to file a charge-sheet in a case against him for allegedly receiving $530,000 from Rheinmetall Air Defence AG for using his influence to stall blacklisting proceedings initiated by Indian authorities, according to his advocate Vijay Aggarwal.

Verma and his wife, arrested on June 8, are in judicial custody till today.

Estranged business associate of Verma, C. Edmond Allen, had sent a tranche of documents to the CBI and Defence Ministry which included a letter allegedly written on the forged letterhead of Maken.

Verma and Allen, Chairman of Ganton, are entangled in a number of litigations against each other in India and the United States.

During the inquiry, the CBI found that the letter without Maken’s signature was allegedly used to impress Verma’s clients and show his influence in the power corridors, the sources said.

The tranche received by the probe agency also has a letter from one of the then Superintendents of Police which was also found to be forged, they alleged.

The letter on Maken’s forged letterhead was part of alleged dealings between Verma’s front company Ganton and a Chinese telecom company working closely with MTNL and BSNL, they said.

(This article was published on August 8, 2012)
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