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More complaints against Abhishek Verma soon

NEW DELHI, NOV. 15. The Enforcement Directorate (ED) is likely to file more complaints against Abhishek Verma for allegedly siphoning off huge amounts of money abroad through the hawala channel. Verma is the son of Ms. Veena Verma, former Rajya Sabha member of the Congress. According to reliable sources, the complaints would be filed shortly in the Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) court here.

Investigations into the allegations had been completed and the complaints were being studied by the legal officers. As soon as the prosecutors gave their assent to the complaints, they would be filed, the sources said.

The Directorate has also decided to approach the ACMM court for issuing Letters Rogatory (LRs) to the United States and the United Kingdom for obtaining important papers of Verma's hawala transactions.

Verma is already facing trial in anther case of Foreign Exchange Regulation Act (FERA) violation before the ACMM.

The Delhi High Court has asked the ACMM to conduct the trial on day-to-day basis and complete it within four weeks. Mr. V.K. Maheshwari, ACMM, has fixed November 17 for beginning the trial.

Verma is also a co-accused with Mr. Ashok Aggarwal, former Deputy Director, ED, Delhi Zone, in a forgery case for implicating a Delhi-based jeweller in a FERA violation case.

Verma had recently filed an application seeking the Special Judge, Mr. Ajit Bharihoke's permission to turn approver in the forgery case.