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Judicial custody of Abhishek Verma, wife extended till 20 Dec

Judicial custody of Abhishek Verma, wife extended till 20 Dec
The judicial custody of businessman Abhishek Verma and his wife, arrested for their alleged roles in various criminal cases lodged by different agencies, was today extended by a Delhi court till 20 December.

Special CBI Judge Sanjeev Jain extended the judicial custody of Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Maria Neascu in connection with two separate cases of corruption and forgery, registered against them by the CBI.

Besides these two cases, they were also produced before Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Gautam Manan in connection with a money laundering case registered against them by the Enforcement Directorate and the court extended their judicial custody till 20 December.

They have already been granted bail earlier by the court in the corruption, forgery and money laundering case but they are still lodged in Tihar Jail under judicial custody as they are yet to secure
bail in the case registered against them by the CBI under the Official Secrets Act (OSA).

They have also not furnished their bail bonds in the three cases in which they were granted bail after the CBI and ED had failed to file charge sheets against them within the stipulated 60 days.

The CBI on 30 November had filed its charge sheet against Verma, Anca, her company Ganton India and Koka Rao, a former Wing Commander of the Indian Air Force for allegedly possessing secret defence documents and supplying them to foreign nationals in violation of the OSA.

The couple, along with the firm and Rao, were charge sheeted under section 3 of the OSA (for passing sensitive information) and also for criminal conspiracy and theft from a place for custody of property under the Indian Penal Code.

Verma, who is also an accused in the Naval war room leak case, and his wife Anca were arrested first in a corruption and forgery case, registered by CBI, for allegedly receiving USD 5,30,000 from Swiss firm Rheinmetall Air Defence AG for using their purported influence with the government here to stall the firm’s blacklisting.

The ED had later on registered a money laundering case against them for allegedly receiving the money from the Swiss arms-dealing firm andhad effected their arrest in courtroom.

The forgery case against Verma and Anca was lodged on a complaint by Union Minister Ajay Maken, who had said the couple had written a forged letter in his name to the prime minister in 2009 for easing visa norms for some businessman.

They were granted bail on August 8 in the corruption case, in which they were arrested on 8 June. The CBI, however, had arrested them in the court itself on 8 August in the forgery case registered on Maken’s complaint.
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