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Special CBI court acquits arms agent Abhishek Verma in Rheinmetall bribery case, says ‘not enough evidence’

Abhishek Verma and his wife Anca Maria were today discharged by special CBI court in a case involving alleged payments made to influence the Ministry of Defence in 2011.

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New Delhi Published on: April 26, 2017 15:53 IST
Special CBI court acquits arms agent Abhishek Verma in
Special CBI court acquits arms agent Abhishek Verma in Rheinmetall bribery case

Controversial arms agent Abhishek Verma and his wife Anca Maria were today discharged by special CBI court in a case involving alleged payments made to influence the Ministry of Defence in 2011. 

The case was one of the many that Verma is facing. CBI had conducted a a long investigation into the CBI that included tracking banking transactions from Europe to the US, linking Verma with the German defence conglomerate Rheinmetall 

Rheinmetall was accused by the CBI of paying Verma over $5,30,000 (Rs 3.4 crore) to get it off a Defence Ministry blacklist. 

Verma is currently out on bail after spending four years in jail as an undertrial in a total of eight cases registered against him and his Romanian-origin wife.

Verma's run-ins with the law began way back in 1991 when the Enforcement Directorate booked him under the Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA). He also became a CBI witness in a case against an ED officer.

Verma was arrested in 2006 in the Navy War Room Leak case. His high-profile clients included a number of foreign companies including one which has been blacklisted by the previous UPA regime over corruption, that led to his arrest again in 2012.

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