Dr. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director at IIT, Chennai,
Dr. R K Shevgaonkar, Professor at IIT, Mumbai,
Mrs. Usha Mathur, ex-Secretary to Govt. of India,
Mr. Sharad Sanghi, Entrepreneur,
Shri Mukka Harish Babu, Practicing Chartered Accountant,
Shri Surendra Singh Sirohi, ex-Secretary to Govt. Of India,
Shri Vijay S Madan, ex-Secretary to Govt. Of India,
Dr. Amit Sahai, Joint Secretary (P&C), Ministry of Defence, Department of Defence Production,
Ms J Manjula, Distinguished Scientist & Director General-Electronics & Communication Systems, DRDO,
MASSIVE CORRUPTION IN AIRFORCE UNDERGROUND STRUCTURE, IMPLEMENTATION AGENCY DEFENCE PSU BHARAT ELECTRONICS SUSPENDS ITS OWN INVESTIGATING OFFICERS FOR UNEARTHING ROLE OF CMD & TOP OFFICERS
In an unprecedented move the defence public sector undertaking Bharat Electronics Limited (BEL) has suspended three senior officials, who unearthed massive irregularities in the Indian Air Force’s confidential IACCS project- underground bunkers- at 10 strategic locations. The three officials were part of Inquiry committee set up by the BEL’s Chief Vigilance officer (CVO) in July 2018 . The team exposing the role of high ranking officers and manipulation of awards of contracts in Rs.8000 Crore project had submitted the report in October 2018. Instead of taking action against the corrupt officers, BEL management led by its Chairman MV Gowtama, who himself is under the scanner in IACCS project, acted with vengeance and suspended the investigation team members.
It is pertinent to mention that after three-member probe committee submitted the report, BEL CVO , a senior IAS officer MR S.SHIVA KUMAR 1987 BATCH in his note dated 29 March 2019 exposed the deep-rooted corruption recommending strong action against erring officers and firms. Yet, the CMD , who is likely to be arrested if a probe is ordered, cracked the whip against inquiry committee members for doing honest job. This crackdown is in spite of the fact that the CVO of the company as appointed by CVC of India had established and validated each point of the investigation report and strongly recommended to management of BEL for immediate police and civil criminal action against concerned BEL officers and chief consultant of the project M/s RD KONSULTANT. The role of senior DRDO officers is also under the scanner since it was DRDO which recommended and fully supported the name of RD Konsultant to BEL although it was done informally and BEL surreptitiously avoided DRDO role in the files.The role of DRDO officers was brought out and exposed by the BEL vigilance probe team which was suspended on 17 May 2019. To distract the government’s IB report, CMD, BEL created suspension drama of three personal of BEL, 2 GM Vigilance and one manager to fooling the country. This shows the clear mockery of BEL management.
M/S RD KONSULTANT – DELHI , which came out to be a shell company in investigation report , incorporated just 3-4 months before the award of PPR consultancy project with all false and fabricated documents, and was wrongly awarded DPR consultancy project also violating BEL own manual procedures as well CVC guidelines with a criminal intent of having control over all future activities of civil contract as well infrastructure/ Plant and machinery items procurement worth more than Rs 3500 crores, as recorded in noting files and many senior management personals of M/S BHARAT ELECTRONICS , which is continuously being done since UPA CONGRESS REGIME 2011.
One very interesting fact of the whole case is that the two BHARAT ELECTRONICS senior management personals named Mr N.K. SHARMA DIRECTOR( MARKETTING) and MR CHANDERPRAKASH EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR (D&E) GAD, who were the chief &key persons for co ordinating the IACCS project getting approved from Indian air force, joined a company named “OIS ADVANCE TECH” – 90% OWNDED BY MR SANJAY BHANDARI – famous arms dealer & power broker and close associate of ROBERT WADRA immediately after their retirement from BEL in 2010 and 2011, and immediately after this this project got formally started by BEL .
The detailed and very exhaustive investigation done by fact verification team in early 2018 and further investigation team in end 2018 and subsequently report by CVO of M/s Bharat Electronics has established the details of massive corruption and mal practices done by M/S RD Konsultant, its associate/related firms and senior management persons of BEL ( since 2011 onwards till now), by abusing their powers and violating all BEL manuals as well as documented CVC guidelines for tendering for award of civil project works and procurement of items worth more than 3500 crores.
These civil contract worth more than 1000 crores have been given of paper to reputed firms like M/S L&T but at almost 30 % higher and inflated rates (as also mentioned by then Director (Finance) Mr PRABHAT ACHARYA in file noting about more than 100 crore loss as well as violation of BEL Contract manual conditions as well as CVC guidelines) and after some period he resigned from company. After this project given to m/s L&T are being done by M/S RD consultant sister concern named M/S CS CONSTRUCTIONS at sites ( even MD- Mr Rahul Baucher of M/S CS Construction used to come to BEL-Ghaziabad unit for regular review meeting on behalf of L&T) – A serious violation of CVC guidelines as well contract conditions of BEL & M/S RD KONSUL) , which seriously compromise the quality , as it is a very small petty company which in no way has a technical capability and skill to deal such highly technical and secured project. This fact as validated by the fact that some sites were shown as collapsed during construction and crores of rupees were further approved by BEL management in name of deviation with fixing the responsibility on contractor.
The detailed design which was submitted by M/s R.D. Konsultants specified vendors for all the sub-systems which are used in the blast proof underground buildings. It is seen that these vendors are the same which they had brought out to be their partners during presented made by then during the Pre-qualification bid. The Order which was placed on BEL by Air Force was also based on the detail design report submitted by M/s R.D. Konsultants and hence all these vendors called in the order from Air Force were the same which were defined by M/s R.D. Konsultants.BEL has in turn placed many orders for the sub-systems based on the vendors defined by M/s R.D. Konsultants. A visit was made to the works of many of these European vendors by a team of engineers from BEL along with Air Force personnel. But is it said that the team was accompanied by a rep from M/s R.D. Konsultant and the visit was coordinated by M/s R. D. Konsultant. These foreign companies were allowed to supply materials on a single tender basis by the BEL chairman MV Gowtama. He in fact overruled his own officials and approved qualification of several firms despite they had failed to submit bid details during prescribed time. Such gross violation was similar to the ones seen during 2G scam. BEL Chairman violated the laid down norms by allowing these foreign firms despite objections duly recorded by the finance division.
All above shows a case of massive corruption, fraud and abuse of power with criminal intent and a huge loss to Government public money by BEL senior management persons in connivance with chief consultant, EX DRDO and some IAF officials. The whole investigation report findings are finally found true of the fact that as it is learnt from top BEL & DRDO sources last week M/s RD Konsultant has written to BEL MANAGEMENT that as his chief designer has left the company and the firm has gone bankrupt, he cannot give consultancy services to this project. Now on this bogus consultancy company’s design, specifications and whole scheme of the project BEL management has already spend thousands of crores of public money and suppose its design does not work then who will own the responsibility of whole scam. Now the news that the firm M/S RD KONSULTANT is running out of project the reason could only be because his fraud has come out in media and BEL current management instead of taking legal action against the corrupt, trying to harass and victimize the honest and brave investigation team members ( in name of media leak- which even our prime minister call as a strong pillar of democracy) .
The team which is suspended and currently facing all type of harassment, victimization and humiliation of suspension, but in spite of all pressures and threats, have unearthed this scam just to keep the spirit of national security and defence importance and demand only for justice but calling for a detailed CVC/CBI/ED enquiry outside BEL management preview immediately and immediate intervention of MINISTRY OF DEFENCE for action on some BEL senior management for their misdeeds
A honest and sincere appeal to all concerned officials of PMO/MOD /CVC/PRESS/JUDITARY that please take immediate action in this regard to keep “CHOWKIDAR “ alive in our souls by safeguarding the honour of investigation team officials.
ABOVE ALL MATTER IS COVERED IN DETAILS BY A REPUTED NEWPAPER
“FIRSTPOST” IN ITS ARTICLE DATED 02 APRIL, 09 APRIL & 26 April 2019
Before publishing in media the matter was available with AF Intelligence, CVO, CBI, North Block, Chairman, DRDO, IB in March itself but god knows why any agency not take-up this matter seriously.
Hope you will take up matter seriously as you are responsible Member, Audit Committee and Director of BEL and may be aware of all developments from side of BEL management who are posing that matter is mare deviation of 50/60 lakhs as a bonafide fighter against defence corruption since more than 20 years I am fully aware of nexus. This nexus was designed by Retired Scientist of DRDO with ex DRDO chief because the U/G work of services was sole right of DRDO via SPIC, but when retirement stage these corrupt DRDO official gang create the scene and diverted this activity to BEL which doesn’t have any type construction division like DRDO have, U/G plant machinery experience either trading nor manufacturing in this tender only 500 cr electronics involvement can BEL claimed. As per investigation and observation it is clearly visualize that few greedy BEL official trapped in vicious DRDO official and for sake of few bucks they compromised with national security as well as their organization’s dignity. Please ask the vigilance report prepared by these three suspended BEL employees, Report is not an eye opener but will help govern to expose UPA era nexus who are responsible to siphon the defence budget under shadow of secrecy.