New Delhi, April 26, 2012, DHNS:
The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) is likely to quiz Defence Ministry officials in connection to the alleged irregularities in the supply of all-terrain tatra trucks to the Army.
Sources said the CBI has zeroed in on at least six Defence Ministry officials.
Besides, the CBI is planning to question BEML CMD V R S Natarajan once again, sources said, adding that the investigating officers were not convinced with Natarajan’s responses in the previous grilling session.
Meanwhile, the CBI has once again questioned Vectra Chairman Ravinder Rishi and some of his associates in connection with the surreptitious deal. The probe agency however clarified that besides Rishi, none of the persons questioned till now, is an accused in the case. “They are being questioned just to clarify facts of the case,” CBI officials said.
Tatra Sipox UK, owned by Rishi, had inked a deal with BEML in 1997, which was in alleged violation of defence procurement rules that specified “procurement should be done directly from original equipment manufacturer only.” The central probe agency has alleged that since Tatra Sipox UK was not the original manufacturer of the all-terrain trucks, the rule for defence procurements was violated.