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New Delhi: Arms dealer and businessman Abhishek Verma revealed to the CBI that Congress leader Jagdish Tytler had told him in 2008 that he had met the then prime minister after which he got a clean chit for his alleged role in a 1984 anti-Sikh riots case, a lawyer told a court here on Wednesday.

Verma’s statement has been cited in the closure report filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation giving a clean chit to Tytler.

The facts came into light after senior advocate H.S. Phoolka appearing for victim/complainant Lakhvinder Kaur, whose husband Badal Singh was killed in the riots, cited Verma’s statement – enclosed with the closure report – as he told a court here on Wednesday that Verma had mentioned that Tytler tried to influence one of the witnesses by giving him a hefty sum of money and promising to settle his son abroad.

In his statement, Verma said: “As per the deal, hefty amount was paid to Surinder Singh Granthi (witness who has died) besides settling his son Narinder Singh abroad. He (Tytler) also told me that he had mounted pressure on Narinder who in turn was to pressurise his father Surinder to change his statement in favour of Tytler.”

“He (Tytler) also boasted of having met the prime minister who in turn would ask CBI director to get the investigation conducted in his favour,” said Verma in his statement.

“He (Tytler) further boasted that it was due to his said meeting with the prime minister that CBI had given him a clean chit in the case but the judge was not inclined to accept the clean chit for which he (Tytler) was making effort to settle the issue with the judge,” Verma has said.

However, the name of the prime minister has not been mentioned and the CBI has filed the closure report three times.

According to the statement, the said conversation between Verma and Tytler took place in August-September 2008. The third closure report was filed on December 2014.

Phoolka has argued that it was shocking that even after receiving evidence of such incriminating nature, the CBI has submitted a closure report.

He also referred to the statement of Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, who visited Teen Murti House where assassinated prime minister Indira Gandhi’s body was lying, and had mentioned he did not recollect whether Tytler was present there.

CBI recorded Verma’s statement on August 5, 2013 and Amitabh’s testimony on June 15, 2013.

Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Saurabh Pratap Singh later on Wednesday asked the CBI to file a reply by June 26 on the allegations that Tytler tried to influence witnesses.

In April 2013, a sessions court rejected the closure report and ordered the probe agency to further investigate the killing.

Acting on its direction, the CBI conducted further probe but again filed another closure report on December 24, 2014, in the magistrate’s court. (IANS)

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CBI Unravels Wrongdoing in Atomic Minerals Mining Licensing

The Delhi High Court that it had taken a policy decision not to auction or re-grant the offshore blocks

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5G-powered tramcars went into service in a coal mine in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. Pixabay

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has uncovered large-scale irregularities in the ownership pattern, financial resources and technical ability of five companies granted mining licences for offshore blocks bearing rare and atomic minerals.

The companies, while applying for mining licence in June 2010, had a common director, the Central government has told the Supreme Court.

The Centre has argued that the five companies were registered after the government called private parties for mining licences in June 2010, says a CBI document.

At that time, the government was unaware that these minerals had strategic and defence value.

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The companies, while applying for mining licence in June 2010, had a common director. Pixabay

The administering authority of these licences did not obtain mandatory clearances from various ministries, especially the Home Ministry, according to the CBI.

The Delhi High Court, in an order dated April 25, directed the Centre to execute the exploration licence of the companies as per the procedure within four weeks from the date of receipt of the order.

The verdict came even after the Centre, in an affidavit dated April 16, told the Delhi High Court that it had taken a policy decision not to auction or re-grant the offshore blocks, bearing atomic minerals, to private parties.

Moving the Supreme Court against the High Court ruling, the Centre accused the companies of not submitting the proper supporting documents on the basis of which the marking was done in the evaluation sheet.

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The companies were charged with not providing any document indicating the sanctioned line of credit from any financial institution or bank.

One of the companies approached a leading financial services company seeking finance to carry out mining.

“This document was accepted as a document in support of the financial capability of the applicant company. Accordingly, a MoU was signed on September 23, 2010, which was received by Indian Bureau of Mines (IBM) in October 2010, after the date of submission of application for grant of licences on September 14, 2010,” said an internal CBI document.

Therefore, the Centre believed that the company had not confirmed the sanctioned credit limit as per the revised guidelines.

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The Centre has argued that the five companies were registered after the government called private parties for mining licences in June 2010. Pixabay

“The above MoU was valid only till March 31, 2011. Thus, on the date of issue of grant order by IBM on April 5, 2011, the MoU was null and void,” said the document.

According to information from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs (MCA), the authorised share capital of this company and its sister concerns was Rs 25 lakh each whereas the paid up share capital of each of the companies was Rs 1 lakh.

The net worth was negative for each company during fiscal 2016-17. The companies, even as of now, are not financially capable of undertaking any activities or business operations, said the document.

The companies stated that they were sister companies of 12 other companies engaged in different business sectors.

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“The worth of the companies and their directors are more than Rs 300 crore. If the exploration licence is granted to the applicant companies, expenses up to Rs 50 crore can be spent easily and can be further increased up to Rs 100 crore, if required,” says a petition in the Supreme Court.

“However, this is not acceptable since the company has been incorporated as Limited Liability Company and therefore the financial commitments by the sister companies had no relevance in the absence of resolution passed by the Board of Directors of the sister companies,” it added.

Despite the inadequate documents in support of their financial strength, the companies got 25 marks by the screening committee which shortlisted applications for mining licence.

“These private companies failed to produce satisfactory documentation for the requisite technical ability and financial resources to undertake exploration operation”, said an officer familiar with the investigation.

The CBI has charge-sheeted the government officials who in November 2017 signed in haste two licence deeds with one of the companies without following the due process.

The CBI, which has started preliminary enquiry after a gap of six years following a go-ahead from the apex court, favours a full-fledged investigation against everyone linked to the grant of licences. (IANS)