New Delhi: In view of the revelation in the controversial Tatra truck deal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has found irregularities in connection with the purchase of 2500 kits.

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The kits, which were purchased during the year 1997-98, were found to be incomplete without gear box and expensive parts, the CBI said.

Without verifying the faulty kits, the then Defence Ministry officials allegedly made the full payment to Tatra to the tune of several crores of rupees.

According to a senior official, a purchase agreement was inked with the England based company Tatra Sipox for Tatra trucks at double price by flouting all regulations. At the same time, a decision was taken to separately purchase 2,500 kits for the Tatra trucks imported during 1997-98.

However, it was later discovered that several expensive and important items were missing in the kits after the payment was already made to Tatra.

A senior CBI official said, strict action should have been taken against the Tatra, accused of supplying incomplete kits, but the Defence Ministry went ahead with the deal. This amply makes it clear that the then officials of the Defence Ministry, army and the BEML were allegedly bribed by Tatra. 

CBI sources added that the probe agency is looking into the role of the then officials of the Defence Ministry, Army and BEML who will be called for interrogation soon. 

(JPN/Bureau)