Varun Gandhi was honey-trapped into leaking defence details: US whistleblower

News Agencies | First published: 20 October 2016, 21:16 IST
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Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Varun Gandhi was at the centre of a controversy today after a former partner of arms dealer Abhishek Verma, in a letter to the Prime Minister, has alleged that BJP MP Varun Gandhi was "honey trapped and compromised" into leaking information about defence matters, and that he was blackmailed with photographs which showed him with "foreign escorts".

At a press conference in New Delhi, Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav released a letter written by Edmonds Allen, a New York-based lawyer, to the PMO last month that said Varun was honeytrapped and compromised by Verma.

There are allegations that Verma "blackmailed" Varun, a member of the Defence Consultative Committee, into sharing sensitive information on crucial arms matters.

Varun rejected these charges, saying he had not met Verma since 2004. He threatened to file a defamation suit against Bhushan and Yadav over the charges.

"The entire information presented does not contain an iota of proof that either I had access or shared any communication regarding sensitive information to Verma," Varun said.

Allen, who was a partner of Verma, fell out with him in 2012. Verma is facing trial in the 2006 Naval War Room leak case.

Bhushan alleged that despite having all the details, BJP government did not blacklist Thales, the company that sold scam-tainted Scorpene submarines, as Dassault acquired it. India recently signed a deal with Dassault for 36 Rafale aircraft.