1984 riots case:Conclude Verma’s lie-detector test by Nov-end

1984 riots case:Conclude Verma's lie-detector test by Nov-end
1984 riots case:Conclude Verma’s lie-detector test by Nov-end

A Delhi court today directed the that the polygraph test of controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, a witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, should be concluded by this month end.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Amit Arora, who appointed former Director of Prosecution B S Joon as its commissioner to oversee Verma’s lie-detector test, fixed the next date of hearing in the matter on December 15 after the advocate gave his consent to the appointment.

The court had on October 30 appointed Joon as its commissioner to supervise the test on Verma’s plea alleging that a forensic lab here was trying to shield Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, who has been given clean chit in the case, during the polygraph tests carried out earlier.

In his application, Verma had sought setting up a panel of eminent persons, including a judicial officer, to observe the proceedings during the test.

Senior advocate H S Phoolka, appearing for the 1984 riots victims, said the consent document of the former director of prosecution was given to the court.

Verma, who has been undergoing polygraph test at the government-run forensic science laboratory at Rohini in WEest Delhi, alleged in his application to the court that officials of the FSL were holding a “mini trial” and acting in an “unfair and biased” manner.

While Tytler, who has been given a clean-chit thrice by the CBI in the riots case, has refused to undergo the lie detector test, Verma gave conditional consent if he was provided round-the-clock security claiming threat to his life.

The court had on August 2 asked the CBI to conduct the test on Verma.

The case relates to the riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Tytler had denied his role in the riots, but the court ordered further investigation despite the CBI having submitted closure reports in the case thrice in the past. The victims had filed a protest petition challenging the CBI’s closure reports in the case.

The court had on December 2015 directed the CBI to further investigate the matter and decided to monitor the progress every two months to ensure no aspect was left uninvestigated.

The agency had reinvestigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report.

( Source – PTI )

FERA case: Abhishek Verma guilty of non-complaince of summons

 Controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma has been held guilty by a Delhi court for non- compliance of summons issued to him by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a FERA violation matter in 1999.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Jyoti Kler will pronounce the order on the quantum of sentence on August 9.

The maximum jail term for the offence is three years.

During arguments, ED counsel N K Matta submitted that due to his defiance of the summons, the probe was stalled.

According to the ED, it had the filed a complaint on December 14, 1999 before the court saying Verma was required for investigation. He was summoned to appear before it, but he had deliberately avoided appearance and hence committed an offence under the now-repealed Foreign Exchange Regulation Act.

The complaint filed by ED was for violation of seven summons between July and November 1999 issued by it to Verma to appear before the investigation officer of the agency.

The charges in this case were framed against Verma in January 2005 when he had denied the allegations and claimed trial.

1984 riots case: Verma ready to undergo polygraph test

1984 riots case: Verma ready to undergo polygraph test
1984 riots case: Verma ready to undergo polygraph test

Controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, a witness in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case allegedly involving Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, today told a Delhi court that he was ready to undergo a lie-detector test if he and his family are provided round-the-clock security.

Verma, who was present during the hearing, said while Tytler had Z-plus security, he was getting protection only on the days of court hearing and he apprehended serious threat to his life as well as that of his wife and mother.

He, however, agreed to the suggestion given by the counsel for the victims in the court that he should be provided 24 hours security till the time he undergoes the polygraph test.

“Here is a witness who is willing to depose against Tytler. Witness protection is very important. Till the time his statement is recorded or lie detection test is conducted on him, he be given security round-the-clock so that he has no apprehension of grave danger to his life.

“After conducting the test, the threat perception could be re-assessed,” advocate Kamna Vohra and Prabhsahay Kaur, who represented riot victims, said.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma said she wanted to know the stand of the CBI’s investigating officer (IO) on this issue and listed the matter for July 18 as he was not present today.

CBI prosecutor told the court that the IO has gone for a training session and would be available after two weeks.

The court also asked Verma to give it in writing that he was willing to undergo the test if round-the-clock security is provided to him till the test was carried out and his threat perception be re-assessed after that.

Besides Verma, CBI has also sought Tytler’s consent to undergo lie-detection test, which he has refused.

The court had on May 9 directed Tytler, who has been given clean chit by the CBI on three occasions, and Verma to give an “unambiguous” reply on whether they wanted to undergo lie detection test. It had held that the CBI’s plea for obtaining their consent for the test was maintainable.

It had said if there were any conditions attached to the consent, Tytler and Verma should appear in person for clarification.

The CBI’s move seeking permission to conduct polygraph test on Tytler and Verma came in pursuance to the court’s December 4, 2015 order in which it was mentioned that the lie-detection test may be conducted, if required.

The case pertains to the riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in North Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

Tytler, who has denied any role in the riots, was given clean chit by the CBI thrice in the case, but the agency was directed by the court to further investigate the matter. The victims had filed a protest petition challenging the CBI’s closure reports in the case.

The court had in December 2015 directed the CBI to further investigate the matter and decided to monitor it every two months to ensure that no aspect is left uninvestigated.

The agency had reinvestigated the case of killing of Badal Singh, Thakur Singh and Gurcharan Singh near the gurudwara after a court in December 2007 refused to accept its closure report. The CBI has filed three closure reports in the case.

( Source – PTI )

Court discharges Abhishek Verma in graft case

Court discharges Abhishek Verma in graft case
Court discharges Abhishek Verma in graft case

Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, his wife and others were discharged by special court today in a CBI case involving alleged payments to some officials to influence the Defence Ministry to keep a German firm out of the government’s blacklist.

Special CBI Judge Anju Bajaj Chandna 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 its charge sheet against Verma, his wife, Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD) and its top official Gerhard Hoy.

The court discharged them saying that there was not enough evidence to put them on trial in the two cases.

According to the CBI, RAD had transferred USD 5,30,000 to a New York bank account belonging to Ganton Ltd, a US-based company owned by Verma.

Verma had promised to stall the blacklisting process in exchange for money, according to the police chargesheet.

The agency had told the court that it had traced banking transactions from Europe to the US, linking Verma and his associates with the German arms conglomerate.

ED had filed a separate case of money laundering against the couple on the basis of the CBI complaint.

The German company’s troubles started in 2009 when the CBI registered an FIR accusing it of bribing the then Director General of the Ordnance Factory Board (OFB) to secure a contract for supply air defence guns to the Indian Army.

“On the basis of investigation of this (2009) case, blacklisting of RAD (Rheinmetall) was recommended by CBI. When this matter of blacklisting was under process, Abhishek Verma got in touch with the representatives of RAD and assured them of help by influencing the public servants to stall the process of aforesaid blacklisting of RAD,” the CBI chargesheet said.

( Source – PTI )

84 riots: Witness gives conditional consent for polygraph test

84 riots: Witness gives conditional consent for polygraph test
84 riots: Witness gives conditional consent for polygraph test

Arms dealer Abhishek Verma today said he was ready for a lie-detector test in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case if Congress leader Jagdish Tytler, given a clean chit by CBI for his alleged role, also agreed to it.

Verma, who apprehends threat to his life and to his family, told a city court that he had no objection in undergoing the polygraph test if he was provided with adequate security and the process was videographed.

Tytler has objected to the test saying CBI has not given any reason for conducting it and its plea for conducting it was “gross misuse of law” and filed with “malafide intention”.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Shivali Sharma took on record the reply filed by Verma and listed CBI’s plea seeking to conduct lie detection test of Tytler and Verma for March 16 for hearing arguments.

Advocate Maninder Singh, who appeared for Verma, said he has been made a witness by the CBI in the case and it would be more proper if the agency records his statement before a magistrate under section 164 CrPC as he would not be able to retract from it.

“If Tytler agrees for the test, I have no objection on it. But if I am going for the test, adequate security should be provided to me and my family, as I am under threat.

“Asking me for lie detection test is more of pointing fingers at me rather than the accused. I am a witness and I am coming forward to help prosecution,” the counsel submitted.

While giving conditional consent, he also said the questions put to Verma during the test should be related to this case only and not to any other case in which he has been made accused by the agency.

The CBI prosecutor, however, said the consent should be unconditional and there should not be any condition.

During the hearing, senior advocate H S Phoolka, who represented riot victims, said keeping in mind the background of the case, the witness should be provided adequate security.

On Verma’s plea seeking protection, CBI told the court it has forwarded the complaint to the Delhi Police.

The case pertains to riots at Gurudwara Pulbangash in north Delhi where three people were killed on November 1, 1984, a day after the assassination of then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

( Source – PTI )

Abhishek Verma records evidence

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.

 

By PTI

Court issues warrant against Abhishek Verma

A Delhi Court Thursday issued a production warrant against businessman Abhishek Verma for recording of evidence in a defamation case lodged by him against his American partner and another person.

Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover fixed Oct 31 for the recording of evidence and issued production warrant against Verma, who is also an accused in the 2006 naval war room leak case.

“Issue production warrant against the complainant (Verma) for Oct 31,” the court said.

The court took cognizance of Verma’s private complaint June 4.

Verma, facing various charges of corruption, forgery and various charges, is in judicial custody.

The businessman alleged that his former Indian partner Arjun Arora and US-based lawyer C. Edmonds Allen cheated him of nearly Rs.55 crore (over $10 million) in 2008.

The complainant claimed that he offered consultancy to the accused but they cheated him.

“The accused having malafide intention refused to make the said payment despite the fact that I was diligently providing consultancy services to them,” said Verma.

The businessman is an accused in the 2006 war room leak case that was linked to leaking classified documents from the directorate of naval operations.

Cheating case: Abhishek Verma didn’t appear for recording of evidence

Businessman Abhishek Verma on Saturday did not appear before a Delhi court for recording of his evidence in a cheating-cum-defamation case lodged by him against his US partner as the day was fixed for his meeting with his wife in jail.

  Abhishek Verma, who is in Tihar Jail along with his Romanian wife following their arrest for allegedly bribing unknown officials to stall the government”s blacklisting proceedings of a Swiss arms firm, told the court through his counsel that he cannot appear on Saturday as this is a day, fixed for him to meet his wife in jail.

 “He (Verma) cannot come for recording of his evidence in the case as per the courts direction, as he has to meet his wife. The jail authorities have allowed him to meet his wife only on Saturday,” the counsel for Verma informed Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover.

 Taking note of the counsel’s submissions, the court fixed August 13 as the next date of hearing in the case.The court had taken cognisance of Abhishek  Verma”s complaint on July 4 and had fixed July 21 for recording of his pre-summoning evidence.

 Presently Abhishek   Verma and his wife is in jail for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss arms firm to stall blacklisting proceedings against it by the Indian government.Verma is also an accused in the Naval War Room leak case in which official secrets were leaked to foreign companies.Ravi Shankaran, kin of former naval chief Arun Prakash, is also an accused in this case.

Abhishek  Verma, in his complaint, had alleged that his US-based business partner C Edmonds Allen, an American attorney, and Delhi-based Arjun Arora had duped him of Rs 55 crore, which was to be paid to him in lieu of his consultancy services to them.

No relif for Abhishek Verma and his wife by CBI court till 21 June

A special court here Saturday extended till June 21 the CBI custody of Abhishek Verma, businessman and naval war room leak case accused, and his wife in a graft case.

Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Special Judge Talwant Singh remanded Verma and his wife Anca Neacsu, a Romanian national, to the probe agency’s custody for five more days.

The CBI June 9 arrested Verma and his wife for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss arms company to stall the blacklisting proceedings initiated by the Indian government against it. They were booked under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The probe agency had requested the court to grant another seven days’ custody of the accused for interrogation and confronting them with documents.

Verma’s counsel Vijay Agarwal opposed the CBI’s remand plea, saying that there should be a stronger ground for seeking custody.

The two accused were arrested a few weeks after the government blacklisted six defence companies, including Switzerland’s Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD). The CBI June 8 registered a fresh case against Verma and raided his premises.

Verma has been accused of taking $530,000 from RAD for using his influence to stall the blacklisting proceedings against it.

He is also an accused in the 2006 naval war room case linked to leaking classified documents from the Directorate of Naval Operations.