CBI examining Defence Ministry request to probe Embraer deal
By NewsX Bureau
| Thursday, September 15, 2016 - 19:21
New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation CBI on Thursday started analysing the bribery allegations in 2008 Embraer aircraft deal. This initiative was taken up a day after the Defence Ministry asked the CBI to investigate the 2008 Embraer aircraft deal.
As per reports, the $208-million Embraer Aircraft Deal was signed during the UPA rule. The deal involved the purchasing of three aircraft while the first aircraft was delivered in 2011 and the remaining two in 2013.
"We have not registered any case so far. We just got the reference from the Defence Ministry in the Embraer deal and are examining it," a CBI official said.
The ministry on Wednesday sent a letter to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) regarding alleged corruption in the multi-million-dollar deal with the Brazilian aircraft manufacturer following reports of investigations in Brazil and the US.
In 2008, the Defence Research and Development Organisation signed a $208 million deal with Embraer for three ERJ-145 aircraft to build indigenous Airborne Early Warning and Control Systems for the Indian Air Force.
The DRDO has already sought an explanation within 15 days from Embraer on the issue.
Apart from the CBI probe, the Defence Ministry will also seek information through diplomatic channels from Brazil and the US.
(With inputs from: IANS)