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Businessman Abhishek Verma recorded his statement in a court here in a cheating and defamation case filed by him against his former partner based in the US.

Verma, an accused in the naval war room leak case and other corruption and forgery cases, filed the complaint against his former partner and US-based lawyer C. Edmonds Allen and former Indian partner Arjun Arora June 4.

Later, he failed to record his evidence as he was arrested in a graft case June 8.

Verma told court that “in the year 2008, Allen in connivance with Arora hatched a criminal conspiracy” to earn wrongful gain from him and extort money.

Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover took cognizance of Verma’s private complaint June 4.

Verma alleged that Arora and Allen cheated him of nearly Rs.55 crore (over $9 million) in 2008.

The Central Bureau of Investigation June 8 arrested Verma in a separate corruption case.

However, despite being granted bail in this case, Verma remains in jail since he is also an accused in a case under Official Secrets Act for allegedly passing on sensitive defence documents.

Verma and his wife are accused in various cases dealing with corruption and forgery. Verma is also an accused in the 2006 naval war room leak case, in which classified documents were leaked from the directorate of naval operations.



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