Bharatiya Janata Party MP Varun Gandhi on Thursday denied allegations of having leaked defence secrets to arms dealer Abhishek Verma.
The statement came after a former partner of arms dealer Abhishek Verma, in a letter to the Prime Minister, alleged that Verma “honey trapped and compromised” BJP MP Varun Gandhi into leaking information about defence matters, and blackmailed him with photographs taken with “foreign escorts”.
Varun told Indian Express: “Anyone who knows about the defence committee knows that there is no secret or confidential information that is ever shared with the committee.”
The September 16 letter that C Edmonds Allen, a New York-based lawyer and former business partner of controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, wrote to the Prime Minister was released Thursday to the media by Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.
“Abhishek Verma’s parents were Rajya Sabha members, a respected family. I last met him when I was a 22-year-old. I was a post-graduate student in London then, very far from public life. I have never met him since. I have heard wild and nonsensical allegations but there is not a shred or iota of proof or evidence to substantiate any of these insane claims. It is very easy to attempt to blacken someone’s good name. I have taken this very seriously. I find it seriously defamatory and will be taking legal action,” Varun said.
Allen and Verma were business partners before they fell out in 2012 and accused each other of cheating and money laundering. Allen had also given Indian investigators ample proof against Verma to implicate him in a number of cases.
The BJP MP has threatened to sue Swaraj Abhiyan founders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav for defamation.
Verma was jailed and investigated in several cases, including what is known as the navy war room leak which centred on the selling of sensitive naval secrets by a group that included serving and former military officers, NDTV has reported.