New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) A court Saturday gave bail to businessman Abhishek Verma and his wife in a money laundering case after the Enforcement Directorate failed to file the charge sheet against them within the stipulated time of 60 days of his arrest.
However, despite being granted bail in this case, Verma will remain in jail since he is also an accused in a case under Official Secrets Act for allegedly passing on sensitive defence documents.
The court meanwhile extended his judicial custody till Nov 3 as the couple failed to furnish bail bond.
Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Gautam Manan granted bail to Verma and his Romanian wife Anca Neacsu on a personal bond of Rs. 1 lakh and one surety of like amount observing that Enforcement Directorate (ED) failed to file chargesheet in the case within the stipulated period of 60 days.
The couple were granted bail in other two cases earlier on the condition that they will not leave the country without permission and will not tamper with evidence or influence witnesses of the case.
Verma and his wife were arrested Aug 22 by the ED in the money laundering case.
Meanwhile a special court hearing Verma's wife plea seeking separate vehicle for commuting between jail and court due to alleged threat to her life from undertrials has issued fresh notice to the deputy commissioner of the third battalion of Delhi Police. It is returnable by Nov 3.
The unit provides security to undertrials during their commuting between the Tihar Jail and courts.
Verma and his wife are accused in various cases dealing with corruption and forgery. Verma is also an accused in the 2006 naval war room leak case, in which classified documents were leaked from the directorate of naval operations.