Naval war room case: Fearing threat to life, Delhi Police seek protection for Abhishek Verma

first_imgThe Delhi Police have written a letter to the Tihar jail authorities requesting to augment the security of navy war room leak case prime accused, Abhishek Verma .The city police, which suspect a threat to the life of Verma, have requested the director general (prisons) to take necessary action to step up the security of Verma in jail as well as in the court.The letter, sent on October 5 from the office of commissioner of police and signed by deputy commissioner of police (headquarters) V.A. Gupta, was received by the Tihar jail authorities on October 12. The same day, Abhishek was asked to restrict his movements within the premises.The letter clearly mentions that Abhishek had requested the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) to take up his security matter with the Delhi Police officials and provide him round-the-clock protection.”The joint director of the CBI, vide his letter, has also requested for taking necessary action to ensure Verma’s safety,” the letter reads.The letter mentions that Verma’s employee received threats on his phone last year, which was reported to station house officer, Vasant Kunj, requesting him to register an FIR in the case and also deploy police officers for his security.However, in 2012, the Delhi Police arrested Verma and his wife Anca Maria for allegedly forging a letter from Ajay Maken, minister of state for youth affairs and sports, to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.Cases of money laundering, violating Official Secrets Act, forgery and helping an arms company to get off the black list of Indian government are registered against Verma. He has turned an approver in a CBI case registered in 1999.”He is being provided with adequate security. He is jail number 4 and one police officer is deployed outside his cell round the clock. Besides, whenever he comes out of the cell, two or three security officers guard him,” Sunil Gupta, spokesperson of the Tihar jail, said.However, he refused to comment on the communication with the Delhi Police. The Delhi Police too refused to confirm that a letter was sent to the jail authorities.Verma will be produced in the court on October 20 for his next hearing and may be brought under tight security.Interestingly, Verma’s wife, Anca Maria, has also filed an application in a Delhi court seeking protection from wife of alleged mastermind of multicrore Defence Colony heist.Anca claimed she received death threats from Rashmi Sharma, arrested along with others in connection with the Rs 5.25 crore loot, and is presently lodged in the women cell of Tihar jail.Anca claimed Rashmi’s husband Hari Kishan Sharma, his brother Deepak Sharma and their aide Vijay Nahar Singh – prime accused in the Defence Colony heist – have old enmity with Verma.Anca’s counsel informed the court that after an attack on Verma in 2007 by Deepak and Hari Kishan, the court had provided a bulletproof jacket to the former and arranged a separate vehicle for his visits to the court and hospital.”He (Verma) feels threatened every time he wants to move outside his cell. It’s like being in jail within a jail,” a close aide of Verma, said.advertisementlast_img