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Thursday, October 20, 2016

2008 Embraer aircraft deal: CBI files FIR; names defence agent Vipin Khanna as key beneficiary

The Central Bureau of Investigation has filed an FIR into the US $208-million jet deal inked during the UPA regime, and named defence agent as key beneficiary.

Defence agent Vipin Khanna is the key beneficiary in Embraer deal. CBI has named him in the FIR, reported ANI quoting CBI.

According to Indian Express, the FIR names Khanna as the beneficiary of the commissions and a Singapore-based company, Interdev Pte Ltd, as the entity through which the commissions were routed in three tranches via a subsidiaryof Embraer.

Leading Brazilian newspaper 'Folha de Sao Paulo' had reported that the company allegedly paid commissions to a UK-based defence agent to finalize the deal with India.

DRDO had purchased three aircraft from the company in 2008 and customized them for serving are air-borne radar system known as airborne early-warning and control systems or AWACS for the Indian Air Force.

According to defence procurement rules of India, middlemen are strictly barred in such deals.

The company has been under investigation by the US Justice Department since 2010 when a contract with the Dominican Republic raised the Americans' suspicions, the report said. Since then, the investigation has widened to examine business dealings with eight more countries.

Following the allegations, the Defence Ministry referred the matter to CBI asking it to probe the allegations.

DNA India News

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