CBI probing govt officials based on info from US report: Govt
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Last Updated: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 19:26
  
New Delhi: The CBI is investigating certain officials from Ministry of Railways, Defence, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Revenue and also the Maharashtra government based on a US report that American companies had made illegal payments to them.

"The Indian Ambassador in USA has informed the government that several references regarding illegal payments to the officials in India have been made in the US report on the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and Anti-corruption Enforcement for the second half of 2008 and early part of 2009," Minister of State in Ministry of Personnel Prithviraj Chavan said in a written reply to Lok Sabha today.

He said in September, 2009, the CVC had asked the CBI to look into each of these instances of corruption and furnish a report. The Commission also held a meeting with the concerned departments for expeditious action.

Giving out the details, Chavan said the companies which are alleged to have made improper payments are Westinghouse Air Brake Technologies Corporation (Webtec) whose Indian subsidiary is Pioneer Friction Ltd, York International Corporation and its Indian subsidiary York India.

Other companies are Dow Chemicals Corporation and its Indian subsidiary Nocil Corporation protection Ltd, Pride International Inc and its Indian subsidiary Pride Foramer and Richard Morlok and Mario Covino.

"From the said US report, it infers that the officials belong to the Ministry of Railways, Ministry of Defence, Department of Agriculture and Cooperation, Department of Revenue and Government of Maharashtra," he said.

He said in view of the report of improper payment to a key official in Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine and Storage, Faridabad by De-Nocil, a subsidiary of Dow Chemicals, an inquiry was ordered by the Department of Agriculture and Cooperation into the matter and a case was registered by CBI in 2007.

The Ministry of Defence has constituted a Board of Officers for investigating the allegations pertaining to Indian Navy. The Ministry of Railways have suspended business dealings with Pioneer Friction, Kolkata and Webtec, USA.

"A detailed inquiry has also been ordered by the State Government of Maharashtra in respect of alleged improper payment made by Richard Morlok and Mario Covino," the Minister said.

PTI


First Published: Wednesday, December 02, 2009, 19:26


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