Congress leader Jagdish Tytler and businessman Abhishek Verma, chargesheeted in a case of alleged forgery of a letter sent to the Prime Minister, today moved a Delhi court seeking some documents filed along with the final report by CBI.
Tytler, who was granted bail in the case on September 30, and Verma, now in judicial custody, moved separate pleas before Special CBI Judge V K Gupta seeking some documents and the court fixed their applications for hearing on November 25. "Separate applications under section 207 (supply to the accused of copy of police report and other documents) of CrPC moved on behalf of both the accused persons. Copy given. Put up on November 25," the court said.
During the proceedings, the court also accepted the bail bond furnished by Tytler who was present during the hearing. The court had granted him bail on a personal bond of Rs two lakh with two sureties of the like amount and on September 30 one of his bail bonds was accepted while the other was accepted till today.
The court had on September 6 taken cognisance of CBI's charge sheet which was filed on a complaint of the then Minister of State for Home Ajay Maken that a forged letter on his letterhead was written to the Prime Minister by Verma seeking easing of business visa norms in 2009. Tytler and Verma have been chargesheeted for the offence of attempting to cheat under IPC and under the Prevention of Corruption Act. Verma is in Tihar Jail under judicial custody after having been arrested in connection with various cases lodged against him by CBI and Enforcement Directorate.
CBI has alleged Tytler had "actively connived" with Verma to cheat a Chinese telecom firm and the Congress leader had first shown a "fake and forged" letter to the company's officials, claiming it was written by Maken to the Prime Minister. CBI, in its charge sheet, has said "investigation has, therefore, revealed that Jagdish Tytler had knowingly and actively connived with Abhishek Verma in attempting to cheat M/s ZTE Telecom India Pvt Ltd." It had chargesheeted Tytler and Verma for their alleged attempt to cheat the Chinese firm on the issue of visa norms.