New Delhi: A Delhi court on Monday issued production warrants against businessman Abhishek Verma and his wife, arrested by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in a money laundering case, after the couple failed to appear before it.

Both Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Maria Neascu were scheduled to appear before the court after expiry of their judicial custody today in the ED's money laundering case.

They, however, could not be produced before the court as they were remanded in the CBI custody on September 4 in a case lodged under the Official Secrets Act after the court had earlier on August 27 had remanded them in judicial custody in the money laundering case.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate (ACMM) Gautam Manan issued production warrants against the couple for September 17 after ED prosecutor N K Matta told the court that the accused have not been produced from the judicial custody as they are presently in CBI's custody.

"Issue production warrants against the accused (Verma and his wife) for September 17," the ACMM said.

The court had on August 27 remanded both the accused to judicial custody till today after the ED had said that they were not required for further custodial interrogation.

Verma and his wife were arrested on August 22 by the ED after they had moved an application to surrender in the case.

The ED had earlier told the court that the case is having "wide international ramifications" and the probe in the case, registered under the provisions of the Prevention of Money Laundering Act (PMLA), is going on.

The ED had registered a money laundering case against the couple for allegedly receiving money from a Swiss arms-dealing firm to keep it out of the Indian government's blacklist.

Verma and his wife are also accused in three separate cases filed by the CBI, including a forgery case lodged on the complaint of Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken.

Both the accused had been earlier granted bail on August 8 in a corruption case for allegedly receiving USD 5,30,000 from Rheinmetall Air Defence AG (RAD) for using their influence to stall its blacklisting by the government here.

They were granted bail after the CBI had failed to file charge sheet against them within stipulated 60 days' period after their arrest on June 8 in the corruption case.

The CBI, however, had arrested them on the same day in the forgery case registered on Maken's complaint in the court room itself.

They were accused of writing a letter to the Prime Minister in 2009 on Maken's forged letterhead for easing of business visa norms.

Verma is also an accused in the Naval War Room leak case in which Navy's commercial secrets were allegedly leaked to foreign firms. Ravi Shankaran, kin of former Naval chief Arun Prakash, is also an accused in the case.


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