Documents being circulated by New York resident C. Edmond Allen are “forged and fabricated,” according to sources close to billionaire businessman Abhishek Verma. They claimed that Mr. Allen was trying to malign Mr. Verma, who had initiated legal proceedings against him. Efforts to contact Mr. Verma proved futile.
Mr. Allen was once Mr. Verma's lawyer and business associate.
Born into an influential family, Mr. Verma's parents were Congress parliamentarians. His father Srikant Verma was a well known Hindi writer and journalist who later became Congress MP and spokesperson. His mother Veena Verma was also a Congress MP.
Mr. Verma himself founded a business with interests in the aviation and defence sectors, and was listed by a prominent magazine as one of India's youngest billionaires.
Abhishek Verma had spent more than a year in Delhi's maximum security Central Tihar jail, but photographs circulated by Mr. Allen show that he managed to get mobile phones and other luxury items inside jail for his use. Sources close to Mr. Verma dismissed such charges as being “false,” but did not offer an explanation for how he had obtained a mobile phone in prison.