Arms dealer Abhishek Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Maria Neacsu were on Wednesday re-arrested in a fresh case minutes after a special CBI court granted them bail in a corruption case. The fresh case was lodged by CBI against Verma and other officials of Ganton India and USA on a complaint from Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken.
The agency received the complaint from Maken on July 25 on the misuse of his name and letterhead when he was the Minister of State (Home). The Indian Express on July 15 first reported that Makens unsigned letter was used by Verma to obtain favours for the employees of a Chinese telecom firm.
The agency examined Makens complaint and learnt that the documents were forged by Verma in order to give an impression that he and his company had connections in the Government of India. The unsigned letter of Maken was addressed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh requesting to intervene in the matter. Maken in his statement to The Indian Express had denied sending the letter or meeting Verma.
In its fresh FIR,CBI alleged that Verma accepted payment from ZTE Telecom India Pvt Ltd,a subsidiary of ZTE China,for converting their business visas into working visas. A fee of $1000 per person was quoted by Verma for the conversion and a total charge of $350,000 was fixed.
Verma faces charges of forgery for the purpose of harming reputation among others in the fresh case.
Verma and his wife were first arrested by CBI on June 8 for allegedly trying to stall the blacklisting of Swiss firm Rheinmettal Air Defence (RAD). On Wednesday,the special CBI judge granted them bail in this case as CBI failed to file a chargesheet within the stipulated 60 days. However,the CBI sought the arrest of Verma and his wife in the fresh FIR registered on the complaint of Maken.
The special CBI judge allowed CBI to formally arrest Verma and his wife in the forgery case after which the two were sent to judicial custody till Thursday morning.
The court also allowed the Enforcement Directorate,which had approached the court,to interrogate Verma and his wife in a separate money-laundering case.