CBI Registers Corruption Case Against, IAF Officials, Swiss Firm Over Alleged Kickbacks

CBI Registers Corruption Case Against, IAF Officials, Swiss Firm Over Alleged Kickbacks

CBI Registers Corruption Case Against, IAF Officials, Swiss Firm Over Alleged Kickbacks 

New Delhi: A case has been filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation against unknown officials of the Air Force, the Defence Ministry, arms dealer Sanjay Bhandari and officials of Swiss-based plane-maker Pilatus Aircraft Ltd. The case has been filed over alleged irregularities in procurement of 75 basic trainer aircraft in 2009. The CBI alleged kickbacks up to Rs. 339 crore were paid in the deal.

Properties owned by Mr Bhandari and other accused in and around Delhi, were raided by the probing agency, on Friday. Officials said raids are continuing in more places.

The Central Bureau of Investigation, in its First Information Report (FIR), also named Offset India Solutions Pvt Ltd, a company owned by the arms dealer at south Delhi's Panchsheel Park.

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In June 2016, the scope of the investigation into the activities of Mr Bhandari first widened to involve India's acquisition of the Swiss-made basic trainer aircraft (BTA).

Arms dealer, Sanjay Bhandari is already being investigated for allegedly buying a benami or proxy-owned house for businessman Robert Vadra in London. The probing agency have also been probing what kind of services his company, Offset India Solutions Pvt Ltd, had provided to the Swiss aircraft firm.

Trainer aircraft are the planes used to teach cadets to fly when they join the air force. The Air Force had decided to purchase the Pilatus PC-7 Mk-II after the indigenous HTP-32 was grounded due to repeated failures.

In May 2012, the Manmohan Singh government had signed a Rs. 2,896 crore deal for 75 BTA with Pilatus Aircraft, the competitors had red flagged the purchase.

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