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Updated: April 18, 2012 23:39 IST

CBI carries out searches in Noida, Delhi in Tatra case

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BEML Chairman V.R.S Natarajan at a press conference on Tatra Vehicles. The CBI has called Mr. Natarajan for questioning in connection with the scam. File photo
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BEML Chairman V.R.S Natarajan at a press conference on Tatra Vehicles. The CBI has called Mr. Natarajan for questioning in connection with the scam. File photo

They come a day after BEML chief was questioned

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) searched the residences of two former Army officers and a Vectra official here and in Noida on Wednesday, as part of its probe into allegations of bribery in the supply of Tatra trucks to the Army.

The premises searched were the residences of Brigadier (retd.) P.C. Das at Vasant Kunj, Colonel (retd.) Anil Dutta at Noida, and Vectra official Anil Mansaramani, sources in the CBI said.

The raids came a day after the CBI questioned BEML Chairman and Managing Director V.R.S. Natarajan, the company's former Procurement Director, V. Mohan, and Vectra chairman Ravinder Rishi.

Vectra, which has a controlling stake in Tatra Sipox UK, has come under the CBI scanner for the alleged irregularities in the supply of all-terrain vehicle components to BEML, which has supplied 7,000 trucks to the Army in the past two decades.

Armed with the information that emerged during the questioning, the sleuths conducted the searches to collect documents and more information, the sources said.

On March 30, the agency registered a case against Mr. Rishi and unnamed officials of the Defence Ministry, the Army and BEML for alleged criminal conspiracy and cheating, and also under the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case was filed after Army Chief General V.K. Singh told The Hindu that he was offered Rs. 14 crore in bribe by a lobbyist to clear another tranche of the trucks for the Army.

Vectra has denied any wrongdoing.

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We must all salute Gen.Singh because of him now atleast in future deals we will have quality and less corruption. He took measures which people hardly even think.He will not go down no matter how much some persons try to tarnish his image. His has EARNED his respect not like those in power whom people respect(so called respect) by fear.

from:  Harsh
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 20:05 IST

This and bofors scam are only a few samples among the hundreds of fraudulent
defense deals which happen during procurement. It's the tax payers money which goes in and more over, jeopardizing the lives of thousands of soldiers and defense personnel who defend our nation using these shoddy equipments and weaponry.

from:  Sampath
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 16:39 IST

The BEML, MOD officials along with the said UK company has hatched conspiracy to defraud India. They are shamelessly doing it for years together.The sum involved must be in billions. The nation must be proud of army chief Mr. Singh who stood against these fraudsters nay enemies of nation. What for CBI waiting for? Why not first arrest these powerful persons just like A. Raja, Mr. Kalmadi?

from:  arvind chitale
Posted on: Apr 18, 2012 at 12:20 IST
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