The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Sunday issued a restraint order to prevent Ravi Rishi, a London-based NRI businessman and accused in a case of alleged irregularities in the purchase of Tatra trucks for the Army, from leaving the country.
The agency has alerted all airports and exit points, official sources said. His company maintained that he was cooperating with the CBI in the probe.
Mr. Rishi, owner of the Vectra group, has been questioned twice so far. He is likely to be summoned again.
He has termed the allegations unfortunate, saying the trucks were sold through the public sector undertaking, BEML.
The lookout notice was issued after Army Chief Gen. V.K. Singh alleged, in an interview to The Hindu that Lt. Gen. (retired) Tejinder Singh had offered him a bribe for clearing a consignment of “sub-standard” trucks. Lt. Gen. Singh has denied the allegations and filed a defamation case against Gen. Singh and some other senior Army officers.
More details to be sought from Gen. Singh
CBI officials will seek more details from the Army Chief before deciding on whether to register a preliminary inquiry or a case in respect of the bribery charge.
The sources said Gen. Singh was expected to give more material to the agency soon on the alleged bribe offer.