NRI businessman Ravi Rishi has been summoned by the CBI for interrogations related to alleged irregularities in the supply of all terrain Tatra trucks. The Tatra trucks, that comes from UK based Vectra group was supplied to the Indian Army via BEML. A case is likely to be registered soon. The Tatra trucks deal came under scrutiny following the allegations levelled by General VK Singh, stating that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore bribe so that a file related to procurement of trucks could be cleared.
British national Rishi, on his part had accused the army chief for delaying the deal for 1500 trucks signed with his company for vested interests. Maintaining that there was nothing illegal about the deal signed by his company, Rishi stated that General Singh had an inclination towards giving over the deal to another enterprise named Ural.
The reference to CBI, directing a probe has been sought by the Defence Ministry. Based on the reference, the agency plans to register two cases: pertaining to the deal and pertaining to the bribe. Director of CBI, AP Singh has stated that a case must be registered, with a thorough investigation to proceed. However, CBI is waiting for Gen VK Singh to register a complaint before embarking on the probe.
BEML chief VRS Natarajan does not agree with the suspected interest of lobbyists in the placement of Tatra trucks. He said, “In last 26 years, from 1986 onwards, BEML assembled manufactured, supplied 7,000 Tatra trucks. All of them have been done on single nomination basis, single inquiry basis. This type of equipment nobody in world makes, because of its superior technological features. When I am the single vendor and there is no competition, there is no influence required.”
Earlier Army Chief VK Singh alleged that Lt General Tejinder Singh, retired army officer had made an “offering a bribe of Rs 14 crore” on behalf of Vectra Group, the largest shareholder of the syndicate Tatra Holding. However, the Vectra Group has denied the allegation and says that the accusation is a cause of concern and anguish.
“We categorically state that Lt Gen Tejinder Singh has never been contacted for any purpose by Tatra and Tatra/Vectra Group does not have any business or any relation with him,” said a statement by the company.
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