BEML probe scope widened
Posted on: 17 Jun 2012
New Delhi : The scope of investigations into the allegations of bribery in defence supplies through state-owned BEML is likely to be widened beyond the probe now going on against suspended CMD V R S Natarajan.
The Government has also initiated the process of finding a new Chairman and Managing Director for the Bangalore-based
PSU to replace the controversial Natarajan, who was at the helm of affairs for nine years.
Sources said Natarajan was suspended last week after the CBI, which is going into several cases, including the
allegations of bribery in the Tatra truck deal, had suggested such a course of action to ensure a 'free and fair probe'.
They said the Government was keen on taking action against anyone involved in these shady deals-- be it Directors
of the company, officials, 'insiders and outsiders', army personnel and even politicians.
Sources made it clear that the probe was not just about the bribes in the Tatra deals but various other cases of
The issue had come to fore after former Army Chief Gen V K Singh alleged that he was offered a bribe of Rs 14 crore
by a retired officer to clear a deal for procuring 600 Tatra trucks for the army.
Soon after the former Army Chief levelled these allegations, Defence Minister A K Antony ordered a CBI probe
to investigate the charges.PTI