Saturday, June 9, 2012

Can the CBI cope with the large scale scams? Bringing culprits to book seems beyond their scope

Arms dealer Abhishek Verma, wife to be produced before court
New Delhi, June 09, 2012

Arms dealer Abhishek Verma and his wife, arrested for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss arms company to delist them from the companies blacklisted by Indian government would be produced before a designated court today. Verma and his wife Ancia Neascu were placed under arrest on Friday by CBI after they failed to give convincing answers to the investigation agency which registered a fresh case against him on Friday.
Verma, who had been earlier arrested by CBI in connection with alleged fake passport and leaking of secret commercial information from Naval war room to foreign companies, was called to the agency headquarters in the morning along with his wife.
The duo were extensively questioned by the sleuths regarding transactions of funds between Ganton India and Ganton USA, which are claimed to be his front companies, and about his business relationships with estranged associate C Edmon Allen who has leveled series of allegations against him with the US Federal Bureau of Investigation.
CBI had booked Verma in a fresh case alleging that he took $530,000 from Rheinmetall Air Defence AG (RAD) on the promise that he would use his influence to stall blacklisting proceedings initiated by the government against it after the Ordnance Factory Board scam had surfaced.
The two would be produced before a designated court on Saturday when CBI would seek their custody.
CBI also questioned the then Director of the Swiss defence company Mohinder Sahni and Arjun Arora whose houses were searched on Thursday.
After registering the case, 10 CBI teams, which were later joined by the criminal investigation unit of I-T, swooped down at 10 locations in Delhi and Gurgaon which included four premises of Verma, offices of RAD in Vasant Vihar and Satya Niketan and a farm house of its Director Mohinder Sahni in Kishangarh and three associates of Verma, they said.
CBI booked the company, Verma and unnamed persons under relevant sections the Prevention of Corruption Act which relate to taking bribe to influence public servants and carries a punishment of six months to five year.
Recently, Verma had moved a Delhi court with a complaint against his former partner Allen accusing him of cheating him of Rs. 55 crore and forging documents and emails to defame him.
Allen had filed the complaint with the CBI Director and other top officials alleging Verma received funds from RAD for bailing it out.
The court had taken cognisance of the complaint of Verma, and posted the matter for recording of his pre-summoning evidence on July 21.
Verma is an accused in the Naval War Room leak case in which commercial naval secrets were leaked to foreign companies. Ravi Shankaran, kin of former naval chief Arun Prakash, is also an accused in this case.
Arms dealer Abhishek Verma and his wife
Over 800 posts lying vacant in CBI: Government
May 9, 2012 | PTI
NEW DELHI: Over 800 posts at different levels are lying vacant in the country's premier investigating agency, CBI, the Government said today. Of the total of 838 vacancies, a highest of 609 are of executive cadre following 60 in legal, 40 in technical, 102 in ministerial and 27 canteen posts, Minister of State for Personnel and Public Grievances V Narayanasamy told Lok Sabha in a written reply. The sanctioned strength of the CBI is 6,591. "The occurrence and filling... (can understaffed CBI unravel the Multi Crore Scams hitting the Nation on daily basis?)
CBI Handiacapped
Comment: Who is his Political Godfather is a mystery? He will cent percent be convicted for life if investigatecd by FBI- CBI's task is to obliterate his tracks! So many cases against the arms dealer he will certainly escape with his Polish wife. With MEA he will obtain couple of more passports. CBI's case against fake passport will stand no scrutiny because many fakes go as real and the real goes as fake (CBI will produce real as fake and case will be squashed!

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