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Jul 22, 2012 at 10:13am IST

Naval war room leak accused Abhishek Verma fails to appear in court

New Delhi: Businessman Abhishek Verma, an accused in the naval war room leak, on Saturday failed to appear in a Delhi court for recording his evidence in a cheating and defamation case filed by him against his former partner based in the US.

Verma filed the case against his former partner and US-based lawyer C Edmonds Allen and former Indian partner Arjun Arora.

Verma, along with his Romanian wife Anca Neacsu, is lodged in Tihar Jail in a separate graft case.

Naval war room leak accused gives court a miss

Accused Abhishek Verma failed to appear in court for recording of evidence in a cheating case he filed against his former partner.

His counsel told the court that he would not be able to appear on Saturday as he was to meet his wife in jail. The court would next hear the case on August 13.

Metropolitan Magistrate Surya Malik Grover took cognizance of Verma's private complaint June 4 and listed the matter for recording of evidence July 21.

Verma alleged that his former Indian partner Arjun Arora and US-based lawyer C. Edmonds Allen cheated him of nearly Rs 55 crore (over $9 million) around 2008.

The complainant claimed that he offered consultancy to the accused but they cheated him.

"The accused having malafide intention refused to make the said payment despite the fact that I was diligently providing consultancy services to them," said Verma.

The businessman is also an accused in the 2006 war room leak case that was linked to leaking classified documents from the directorate of naval operations.

The Central Bureau of Investigation on June 9 arrested Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Neacsu in a separate corruption case over which they are in judicial custody.

The probe agency allegedly that the two received money from a Swiss arms company Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD) to stall the blacklisting proceedings initiated against it by the Indian government.