Ordnance scam: European def firm denies charges

Defence major Rheinmetall Air Defence (RAD) on Friday rejected allegations of its involvement in ordnance scam.

New Delhi; Over two weeks after it was
blacklisted by the government, defence major Rheinmetall Air
Defence (RAD) on Friday rejected allegations of its involvement in
any scam saying Indian authorities have not yet given them the
details of the charges against them.

Zurich-based Rheinmetall Air Defence along with Israeli
IMI, Corporation Defence of Russia and Singapore Technologies
Kinetics and two Indian firms were blacklisted by the
government on March 5 for their alleged involvement in the
multi-crore ordnance factory scam and debarred for further
business dealings for 10 years.

"RAD of Switzerland objects to the decision of Indian
Defence Ministry announcement on March 5, 2012 to exclude it
from doing business with India`s Ordnance Factory Board (OFB).

This decision was based on allegations against RAD which the
company categorically rejects as false and as entirely without
merit," the company said in a release.

"Indian authorities are yet to inform RAD of the details
of these allegations. Transparency with regard to
investigations would enable RAD to put forward conclusive
evidence that will refute all claims made against it," it

The company said it is "keen to cooperate with India`s
authorities and to assist in any investigation related to the

India had taken action against these companies after CBI
moved a charge sheet relating to illegal gratification against
former Director General of Ordnance Factories, Sudipta Ghosh
and others.

The Defence Ministry had issued a statement saying that
these firms were issued notice to showcase as to why action
against them should not be taken.

"It has been decided to debar" all these firms from
further business dealings with the Ordnance Factory Board,
Department of Defence Production and the Defence Ministry for
a period of 10 years," the statement said.