BY : KHUSHI YADAV                  

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on September 18, has filed a supplementary charge sheet against 15 accused including persons, private companies (based at Mohali/Chandigarh, New Delhi, Kolkata, Mauritius) in a case related to the award of a contract to a UK-based company for the supply of 12 VVIP helicopters.

A charge sheet has been filed against the then Managing Director, then Director, then GM, and other officials of said companies u/s 120B r/w 201, 420, 467, 468, 471 IPC and sections 7, 8, 9, 12 & 13(2) r/w section 13(1)(d) of the Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988.

According to CBI, “It was alleged during the further investigation that the two accused through their New Delhi based company had acquired a company based at Kolkata in 2009 to launder illicit kickbacks/ill-gotten money and received it through banking channels in collusion with other accused who created shell companies & opened fake accounts in different banks for returning such kickbacks”.

“It was further alleged that in pursuance of conspiracy, the other accused through their respective companies had facilitated in transferring/routing the kickbacks/bribe paid by a company based in the UK. The other accused allegedly prepared fake invoices and sent mails for transferring the said kickbacks through said companies. The copies of documents & details were recovered,” the CBI said.

CBI had earlier filed a Charge sheet in this case on 01.09.2017 against then Air Chief Marshal (now Retd.) and 11 other accused.

According to CBI, Further investigation is continuing.

“The public is reminded that the above findings are based on the investigation done by CBI and evidence collected by it. Under the Indian Law, the accused are presumed to be innocent till their guilt is finally established after a fair trial,” said in a press release on a 19.09.2020.

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