New Delhi: The CBI on Wednesday questioned Vectra
chairman Ravinder Rishi for the fifth time in connection with
alleged irregularities in the Tatra truck supply to the Army
even as it sought more documents from the Defence Ministry.
Rishi is "cooperating" with the agency and has agreed to
provide all the documents related the Tatra Sipox UK agreement
with the BEML which was inked in 1997, CBI sources said.
The CBI is now focusing on the role of officials of
Defence Ministry, BEML and Army and may question them in
connection with the case soon, they said.
The agency has approached Defence Ministry seeking help
in providing it with documents related to supply of all
terrain trucks for Army, they said.
The sources said after going through these documents, the
CBI will have a clear picture of the other accomplices in the
case and would call them for questioning.
The sources said it was in 1997 that Tatra Sipox UK
signed the truck supply deal with BEML which was in alleged
violation of defence procurement rules which say that
procurement should be done directly from original equipment
The first agreement for the supply for Tatra all terrain
truck used for transport of soldiers, heavy machinery,
missile systems etc was signed with Czechoslovakia-based
company Tatra in 1986.
In 1997, BEML started procuring trucks through Tatra
Sipox UK, claimed to be the marketing arm of Tatra, in which
Ravinder Rishi had a substantial stake.
CBI has alleged that since Tatra Sipox UK was not the
original manufacturer of the these all terrain trucks, the
rule that defence procurements should be made from original
manufacturer was violated.