New Delhi: BJP leader Varun Gandhi has termed the charges leveled against him by Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav as ‘false and frivolous’. Varun on Saturday released an open letter on twitter explaining his position.
Releasing a letter written by New York based lawyer C Edmonds Allen, Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav alleged that Varun Gandhi was honey-trapped by controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma to reveal secret defence information.
In his defence, Varun Gandhi said, “While I was a member of both the Defence Standing Committee and the Defence Consultative Committee from 2009, the records will confirm that I never attended a single meeting of the Defence Consultative Committee and very few of the Standing Committee. Clearly, I was neither seeking out nor passing on any information.”
All the charges are false and frivolous in nature as no confidential or top secret information was accessible to such parliamentary panels, Varun claimed in his letter.
Meanwhile, the US-based lawyer Allen, whose letter has created the furore, slammed Abhishek Verma calling him a ‘conman’. Abhishek Verma had said that Allen forged the documents to level allegations.
Responding to the charges, Allen said that the such allegations were leveled against him “only by the Conman (Verma) when I refused to forge documents on his behalf, a fact verified by the FBI here (in the US) and CBI when they had visited me.”
Allen also accused Verma of influencing judges. He said, “Abhishek Verma has managed to stall trials and get Judges transferred if they were not amicable to him.”
Verma is facing serious charges for leaking sensitive information in Navy War Room Leak case of 2002. He is also accused of sending a forged letter to the then prime minister in 2009. The third case against him relates to bribery.
Verma is accused of taking a bribe of USD 5,30,000 from Rheinmetall Air Defence AG for stalling the blacklisting proceedings against the company after its name cropped up in the Ordnance Factory Board scam.