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Updated: April 2, 2012 02:09 IST

CBI issues lookout notice against Ravi Rishi

Vinay Kumar
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A file photo of Tatra truck, mounted with the Tactical Control Reporter Radar, on display at the 58th Republic Day celebrations. Inset: Ravi Rishi, Chairman, Vectra Group.
The Hindu A file photo of Tatra truck, mounted with the Tactical Control Reporter Radar, on display at the 58th Republic Day celebrations. Inset: Ravi Rishi, Chairman, Vectra Group.

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.

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Ravi Rishi devised an Ingenious[Devious] Way to loot both India & Czechoslovakia in the Tatra truck deal[details in Daily news & analysis-By Saikat Datta]..In our Hindu Religion & culture we read of Raj Rishis & Brahm Rishis-Time to add a new nomenclature ie "RAVI RISHIS"..The Indian Secular Establishment is full of these devious Ravi Rishis.The CBI enquiry should go deep into these Defence Procurements..Many of these so called "saints" like Antony & MMS will come out in poor light..P.S..As Lord Krishna says in Bhagwat Gita-"Action is Superior to Inaction"

from:  Dr.R.K.Uppal
Posted on: Apr 4, 2012 at 00:44 IST

This has all the markings of another scam in emergence. It is difficult to understand that how a public sector undertaking was linked with an NRI & how such a thing continued without a check. The Tatra company has been supplying the army with trucks since the last 15 years. Many govts have come and gone during this time. There definitely would have been kickbacks going in all the PARTY coffers of all the major parties. Otherwise such a large patch-up cannot be kept under wraps. The question is 'Who are the anti-nationals now?' Mr Antony better answer this question.

from:  Pankaj Bhagwati
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 23:47 IST

If we are not careful, we are in danger of slipping perpetually into the
black holes of inspired ananrchy....and all voices of sanity and outrage
cast to the farthest reaches of the gulags of apathy and despair.
definitely not the traits of a robust and dynamic nation with a future.
the tyranny of the corrupt pushes our country a little closer each day
to the abyss of disaster...we could become a pretend nation like all
other failed states. you don't have to look very far for that.

from:  wangchuk basi
Posted on: Apr 2, 2012 at 08:20 IST

Any equipment over priced up 15% is not a matter of concern and debate. Seems in this Tatra deal the truck not only over priced more than twice the original cost but also reduced the quality & capability. This makes the 1.2 Billion population of India beat their own head (not as beating the head drama of Defense Minister).

from:  KMR Overseas
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 20:46 IST

This is another grim on UPA government face.Actually this government behaving like mediator of corporate houses and working as democratic government.Now after revealing of such conditions of our army our leaders are jumping gun on Army chief.But as a matter of facts if our chief would not have been revealed this the county would be safe.And leaders are imputing to army chief instead of taking strong decision for the betterment of our army and country. The issue of national security can be part of Politics.

from:  manas mihsra
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 19:35 IST

I am baffled as to why a Indian defence contract would require the services of a NRI agent based in London? I would have thought that the Indian defence procurement department should know and be able to place (leverage a deal) order directly with the end supplier without the need or having to rely on middlemen. This matter should be thoroughly investigated by the competent authorities and the CBI. If bribes were offered to and taken by serving defence officers then it would be an extremely serious matter.

from:  Sohail Hussain
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 17:06 IST

Why does not the media disclose entire details of the controversies.It is not explained what kind of irregularities were there during the purchase of Tatra trucks specifically. I have been surfing your website since long time. But I found you do not provide complete details.

from:  Aman
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 16:02 IST

Our nation always has confused priorities. Why arrest the bribe giver? One must arrest all the bribe takers which may include various army generals, ministry of defence officials etc. They will all be running out of the country right now, as the CBI goes on a wild goose chase.

from:  James Gurung
Posted on: Apr 1, 2012 at 15:20 IST
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