Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Defence Minister A.K. Antony has directed that acquisition from seven companies, including such foreign suppliers as Israel Military Industries and Singapore Technology, be “put on hold” till further orders.

The order, part of the steps to ensure zero-tolerance towards corruption in procurement, came after these companies figured in the first information report filed by the CBI, Kolkata, in the case against the former Director-General of Ordnance Factory Board, Sudipto Ghosh.

Besides IMI and Singapore Technology, the companies black-listed are HYT Engineering, T.S. Kishan and Co. Pvt. Ltd, R.K. Machine Tools, BVT, Poland, and Media Architects Pte. Ltd Singapore, Defence Ministry principal spokesman Sitanshu Kar said here.

Charge sheet yet to be filed

Though no charge sheet has been filed, concrete evidence such as money transfer to personal accounts was detected, he said. The CBI filed the First Information Report last month.

“The Government views receiving and giving bribes as an offence, and there cannot be any lenient view on this count. The matter will be further reviewed as and when the CBI provides more evidence,” the spokesman said.

IMI was associated with the development of the 40th Ordnance Factory at Nalanda, Bihar, which, among other things, would make shells for field guns, while the Singapore company is among the respondents for procurement of 155 Howitzer gun.

The Polish company is associated with naval architecture, while the other Singapore company is understood to be providing software for editing.

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