Varun Gandhi rejects Swaraj Abhiyan’s charges against him

BJP MP from Uttar Pradesh Varun Gandhi.

BJP MP Varun Gandhi, who is in the eye of a storm for allegedly leaking defence secrets to controversial arms dealer Abhishek Verma, today rejected the charges against him as false and frivolous and said he will take legal action against those who deliberately sought to tarnish his reputation.

The Sultanpur MP issued a detailed statement addressed to general public. In the statement, he tried to give point by point rebuttal to the allegations levelled against him as he insisted that there is “no one grain of truth or one shred of evidence” in them.

Swaraj Abhiyan members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.

Swaraj Abhiyan members Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav.

While he was a member of both the Defence Standing Committee and the Defence Consultative Committee from 2009, he said he never attended a meeting of the Consultative Committee and very few of the Standing Committee.

“Clearly, I was neither actively seeking out nor passing on any information. Had there been any hidden agenda or motivation as alleged in the letter it would have been reflected in my attendance.

“I would like to point out the false and frivolous nature of its (letter) charges, and the impossibility of these allegations.” Gandhi said in his statement issued on social media.

Swaraj Abhiyan leaders Prashant Bhushan and Yogendra Yadav had on Thursday released a letter written by Edmonds Allen, a New York-based lawyer, to the PMO last month that Varun was honey trapped and compromised by Verma.

He alleged that Verma “blackmailed” Varun, a member of the Defence Consultative Committee, into sharing sensitive information on crucial arms matters.

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.

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