Facing allegations of leaking defence secrets to controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, BJP MP Varun Gandhi on Saturday denied all charges and threatened to take to court all those who have attempted to tarnish his image.
In a signed clarification addressed to “my fellow countrymen”, Varun said, “It is ludicrous to suggest that I was ‘blackmailed’ as I had done nothing wrong. It is even more bizarre to claim that I ‘leaked’ top secret defence information from the defence parliamentary committee when every parliamentarian is well aware that no sensitive defence information is shared with such a parliamentary panel.”
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He wrote that the “very serious” allegations against him are “without any facts, evidence or justification whatsoever. It is unethical that such damaging accusations should have been publicly aired without being scrutinised, verified or even clarified.” This is his first such comprehensive rebuttal since a former business partner of Verma accused him of leaking defence secrets after having been honey-trapped. Varun said he knows Verma but has never met C Edmonds Allen, who wrote a letter to the parliamentary committee making these accusations.
Varun’s statement comes even as the BJP seems to have distanced itself.
While he was a member of both the defence standing committee and the defence consultative committee, Varun said he never attended a meeting of the consultative committee, and went to very few standing committee meets.