Tatragate India:CBI probes role of 2 ex-officials in Tatra case

The CBI, investigating alleged irregularities in procurement of Tatra trucks by the Indian Army, is probing the role of two former officials of the ministry of defence in connection with the case. Role of these officials are already under the scanner in some other cases being probed by the CBI.
According to sources the CBI may soon record the statements of these two former officials of MoD in connection with its probe related to irregularities in procurement of Tatra trucks by the Indian Army.
Probe by the CBI has already revealed that the agreement signed by the state-owned Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML) with a foreign trade corporation of Czechoslovakia for the supply of Tatra vehicles in 1997 was fraudulently assigned to the UK-based intermediary, Tatra Sipox, by showing it as original equipment manufacturer or fully-owned subsidiary of the Czech firm, Tatra, sources said. Probe has also established that the Article 11 of the 1997 agreement had laid down that the state BEML should not use any trademark or trade name of Tatra. “But this part of the agreement was not implemented by the BEML,” sources added. It is also suspected that role of certain former officials in the MoD was crucial role in signing the 1999 agreement concluded by the PSU and Tatra Sipox (UK).