New Delhi: The government is mulling a probe by the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department into the role of two Mauritius-based entities to identify their stakes in Devas Multimedia Pvt Ltd which executed the controversial S-band deal with the ISRO.

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It is also contemplating investigation into activities of certain unknown government officials for their "collusive behaviour" and acts of omission and commission in extending undue favours to Devas at the government exchequer's cost.
   
Highly-placed sources said that various irregularities have come to notice through the findings of high-level team, which went into the deal, and needed to be probed further.
   
They said the government is also contemplating asking the ED and the I-T to ascertain credentials of Columbia Capital Devas (Mauritius) Ltd and Telecom Devas (Mauritius) Ltd, which had major stake in Devas.
   
"The government has received the probe report by the high-level team. There has been a recommendation by the team to probe the role of two Mauritius-based companies which had major stake in Devas. ED and I-T department can be asked to look into the recommendations," a source privy to the development said, requesting anonymity.
   
He, however, maintained that "no final decision has been taken in this regard".
   
Devas did not give any comment on an email query sent by in this regard.
   
Antrix, the commercial arm of ISRO, had signed a deal with Devas in January 2005 to provide it with crucial S-Band wavelength which is primarily kept for strategic interests of the country.

(Agencies)