27 April 2012. Supreme Court lawyer and Team Anna member Prashant Bhushan alleged middleman Abhishek Verma, who is the son of late lawmakers Shrikant and Veena Verma in manipulating the defence deals and getting them sanctioned by using his influence in government circles.
He said Verma’s U.S based partner made several attempts to alert the Indian Government and important ministers over kickbacks and illegal practices, but his suggestion was never entertained.
Evidences against Abhishek Verma were provided to the government,-the Central Vigilance Commission, Enforcement Directorate, the Defence Minister and the Prime Minister by his former partner, C. Edmonds Allen, a New York businessman.
He said that the government had no will to investigate the matter although it already knew that India’s defence secrets are being sold away to other countries.
Abhishek Verma is also a key accused in the 2008 Navy War room leak case and is out on bail.