April 18th, 2012
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Tatra scam:CBI searches ex- army officers homes

cbiNew Delhi: The CBI carried out searches at the homes of two former army officers in Delhi and Noida with relation to the alleged irregularities in the procurement and supply of the Tatra all terrain vehicles to the Army. They recovered key documents related to its probe.

Three teams of the agency officials reached residences of two retired army officials and an official of Vectra early this morning. The sources said raids were conducted at the homes of Brig (retd) PC Das in Delhi and Col (retd) Anil Datta in Noida. Searches were also conducted at the home of Vectra employee Anil Mansaramani.

The CBI search operations come a day after the agency questioned three people, including former BEML director V Mohan, the company’s present chief V R S Natarajan and Vectra group chief Ravinder Rishi, in connection with alleged lapses in the supply of Tatra trucks. The CBI has again called BEML Chairman V.R.S. Natarajan and Vectra Chairman Ravinder Rishi for questioning.  The agency has registered a case naming Mr Rishi and unnamed officials of the defence ministry, Army and BEML on March 30 for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating and also under relevant sections of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The agency is probing alleged irregularities in assigning of supply from Czechoslovakia-based Tatra, with which the agreement was originally signed in 1986, to the Tatra-Sipox UK, owned by Mr. Rishi, in 1997 showing it as an original equipment manufacturer and the fully-owned subsidiary of Czech company, which was against the provisions of Defence Procurement Procedure, the sources said.


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