NEW DELHI: The CBI on Monday questioned Vectra group chief Ravi Rishi in connection with the alleged irregularities in the supply of Tatra trucks to Bangalore-based public sector giant, Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML). And sleuths from the premier investigation agency are scheduled to quiz BEML Chairman VRS Natrajan on Tuesday after he agreed to the CBI request to present himself at the CBI headquarters in Delhi.
A UK national, India born Rishi was named as an accused by the CBI in a case relating to the irregularities in the procurement of Tatra trucks. Even though Natrajan has been named in the complaint, the CBI chargesheet also included unnamed BEML officials. Besides,unnamed officials from the Army, Ministry of Defence (MoD) and Vectra staffers were among those arraigned in the case. And the accused have been charged with criminal conspiracy, cheating and accepting illegal gratification.
Since March 30, Rishi has been summoned for questioning by the CBI at least seven times. The investigation agency had also questioned BEML personnel attached to the firm’s finance and vigilance departments. The CBI had seized files pertaining to the purchase of Tatra trucks from BEML offices in Bangalore, Rishi’s residence in Greater Kailash and his Noida office.
“We want clarifications from Natrajan on the purchase of trucks and contracts entered into with Tatra Sipox UK,” a CBI official said.