The CBI would question arms dealer Abhishek Verma and his wife Anca Neacsu for allegedly forging the letterhead of Ajay Maken, former Minister of State for Home. The probe agency had arrested Verma and Neacsu on August 8 on the basis of a complaint filed by Maken.
Verma allegedly wrote a letter to the Prime Minister on a forged letterhead of Maken, then MoS in the Home Ministry, for obtaining visa for two executives of a China-based company doing business with state-owned telecom service providers BSNL and MTNL.
The Home Ministry had asked the two foreigners to return to their country on October 31, 2009, but the Chinese telecom company had requested that the visa of their employees be extended by two months. This is when Verma stepped in and said he could get the work done for some monetary consideration.
The CBI had booked Verma and his wife on charges of committing forgery with the intention of harming reputation of any party under Section 469 of the IPC. The crime carries a maximum punishment of three years and penalty. The duo has also been charged with relevant section of the Information Technology Act for forgery.