Defence Ministry suspends enterprise dealings with Vectra firm over Tatra case


New Delhi, August 25

The defence ministry has suspended all enterprise dealings with Vectra Advanced Engineering Private Ltd for one 12 months in view of a probe by the CBI into the allegations of wrongdoings in opposition to it within the Tatra Truck deal, officers mentioned on Tuesday.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh authorised the suspension of enterprise dealings with M/s VAEPL for one 12 months from August 14, they mentioned.

In 2012, the then Army chief Gen V Okay Singh had claimed that he was supplied a bribe of Rs 14 crore to approve the procurement of a batch of 600 “sub-standard” Tatra vehicles for the Indian Army.

Vectra was the provider of the Czech-origin all-terrain Tatra vehicles to the armed forces by state-run Bharat Earth Movers Limited (BEML).

In an official word, the defence ministry linked the suspension of the enterprise dealings with M/s VAEPL to the CBI probe into the case in addition to bribery allegations made by Singh, who’s at present a part of the union council of ministers.

“It is requested that strict compliance of the above decision may be ensured by all wings in this ministry and services,” the word issued by the vigilance division of the ministry mentioned. — PTI



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