Verma flaunted Tytler link, circulated photos
Arms dealer Abhishek Verma may have claimed in a Delhi court that Congress leader Jagdish Tytler was using his political connections to keep him in jail, but it turns out that Verma introduced the Congress leader to his foreign contacts as "Indian VVIP" and "General Secretary".
A new set of documents that has been shared with the Central Bureau of Investigation contains photographs of Tytler with a Russian businessman, Ara Abramian, who is believed to represent Russian military firms. C Edmond Allens, the former Escrow fund manager of Verma, is now on record to say that these meetings with Tytler were related to a fighter jet contract.
"I have never met Jagdish Tytler personally, nor have I received any instructions from him. Verma has, however, always sent me photos of Tytler participating in his business meetings, most notably the one arranged by MiG for oligarchs from Russia to meet Verma and Tytler regarding a fighter tender as well as Tytler's son participating in the GT Telecom Project," Allen told The Sunday Express from New York.
Tytler, when reached for his comment, denied any business links with Verma. "The question does not arise of my meeting those people with any particular purpose or for a business dealing. I will never be associated with anything like that," Tytler said. But he confirmed meeting the Russian delegation led by Abramian at his house in New Delhi.
Verma, who has been accused of forgery by Sports Minister Ajay Maken for producing a letter on his behalf to impress Chinese clients, however, made taller claims to his associates. An itinerary he sent for Abramian's visit included a meeting with Tytler under the sub-head 'political meetings'. It also contained a detailed profile of the Congress leader.
In several emails planning the Russian tycoon's visit, Verma claimed he would provide Abramian armed bodyguards from the National Security Guard (NSG) and boasted that he would send his representatives to meet the 'guests' at the parking bay where the private jet would land.
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