March 30th, 2012
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Army bribery scam: CBI case registered against Vectra

vectra-dealNew Delhi: The sale of 7000 trucks to the army by a company named Vectra is being formally investigated by the CBI.  The Central Bureau of Investigation registered an FIR. A case has been registered against Ravi Rishi, a London-based businessman who owns the Vectra Group and has majority stake in the Tatra trucks, a Czech manufacturer. BEML assembles parts bought from Tatra and then sells it to the army. FIR  has also been filed against unknown defense officials and authorities at BEML.

The allegation raised is that the parts were bought via a middle man. As per rules the equipment for the army is to be bought directly from the manufacturer and not via a middleman. Vectra allegedly owns a company that has functioned as its agent in its dealing with BEML. An army press release earlier this month said retired officer Lt General Tejinder Singh was offering bribes on behalf of Tatra-Vectra. These charges have however been denied by  both Tejinder Singh and Vectra chairman.

Karnataka leader. D Hanumanthappa, president of the Karnataka wing of All India Federation of SC/ST/Backward Class and Minority Employees Welfare Association, said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, President Pratibha Patil, Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Defence Minister AK Antony were aware of the Tatra-Bharat Earth Movers Limited deal. He said he had written a letter in 2009 to the Prime Minister and the President about the deal, which is currently under investigation by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). Hanumanthappa claimed that he had sent copies of his letter to Sonia and Antony as well with the Congress President.



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