Court to consider closure report in Tatra deal case on Dec 24
New Delhi: A Delhi court will consider on December 24 CBI's closure report in a case relating to alleged irregularities in the supply of all-terrain Tatra vehicles to the army.
The next date of hearing was fixed as Special CBI Judge Madhu Jain, who is dealing with the case, was on leave. CBI had earlier filed in the court relevant documents in support of its closure report in the case.
The court had sought several clarifications from CBI on the final report. The case relates to an FIR lodged on March 30, 2012 against Ravinder Kumar Rishi, promoter of Tatra Sipox UK Ltd, and unnamed officials of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML), a defence PSU.
In its 30-page closure report, the agency has claimed that allegations levelled against the accused in its FIR could not be substantiated during the subsequent investigation. Rishi, a British national, unnamed officials of the Ministry of Defence and others were facing CBI probe for alleged irregularities in supply of Tatra vehicles to BEML by Tatra-Sipox UK Ltd.
CBI had earlier alleged that Tatra vehicles were procured from Tatra-Sipox UK Ltd despite the fact that a licence agreement in this regard was with M/s Omnipol, a Czech firm.
It had claimed that vehicles worth around Rs 5,000 crore were supplied to the army causing undue benefit to Tatra-Sipox UK Ltd and corresponding loss to the Defence Ministry. CBI had registered the case for alleged irregularities in assigning supply from Czechoslovakia-based Tatra, with which an agreement was signed in 1986, to Tatra-Sipox UK Ltd in 1997 showing it as original equipment manufacturer and fully-owned subsidiary of Czech firm, which was allegedly against rules.
In its closure report, CBI has said that its probe does not point to the guilt of any accused in the case. On the alleged issue of wrongful loss caused to BEML and corresponding gain to Tatra-Sipox UK Ltd, CBI said this could not be substantiated during the probe.
Rishi had been questioned several times by CBI in connection with the case as he has a substantial stake in Tatra-Sipox UK Ltd. CBI had lodged the case naming Rishi and unnamed officials of the Defence Ministry and BEML for alleged criminal conspiracy, cheating under IPC and under the Prevention of Corruption Act.