28 February, 2021

A Long Run With The Law

The ED has been after him since '99. Soon the CBI too began chasing him. Has Verma been finally caught in his web of deceit and dupe?

A Long Run With The Law
In 1999 a curious enforcement directorate (ED) case hit the headlines and announced Abhishek Verma’s arrival to the world. He had till then only been known as part of the jet-set crowd. The ED case involved one of its deputy directors, Ashok Aggarwal. It was alleged that Verma and Aggarwal had conspired to frame a Delhi jeweller, Subhash Barjatia, in a hawala transaction.

The case was handed over to the CBI and Verma turned an approver and named Aggarwal along with Vincent George, the private secretary to Sonia Gandhi, as the people behind the conspiracy. While the CBI filed a case against Aggarwal, they also lodged one against Vincent George for disproportionate assets. Verma named George once again in an FIR, filed at the Tughlaq Road police station on February 23, 2000 (FIR NO 44/2000), stating that George had "tried to influence me to retract my statement under section 164 but I refused." Ironically, while naming Vincent George on one hand, Verma stated that the cases against him were politically motivated by the BJP-led NDA...

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