The CBI may soon quiz a joint secretary-level officer in the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) for allegedly meeting arms dealer Abhishek Verma’s wife Anca Neacsu, who has reportedly photographed the same.
The investigation agency has conducted a preliminary enquiry to look into alleged violation of the Official Secrets Act, after Verma’s former business associate C Edmonds Allen sent documents relating to defence procurement, which were allegedly in his possession, to it. The CBI had shared these documents with the Ministry of Defence, which found them to be genuine, and arrived at the conclusion that its possession was in violation of the Official Secrets Act.
Allen has reportedly told the CBI that Verma had shared these documents, including a photo of the meeting between Neacsu and the MHA official at his office, with a small arms manufacturer based in the US, to show the couple’s clout. Neacsu was lobbying for the manufacturer, who was trying to bag a contract to replace the Indian Small Arms System (INSES) rifles.
Currently, both Verma and his wife are lodged in the Tihar Jail on charges of violation of the Official Secrets Act.