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CBI registers case of fraud on 'Rolls-Royce' in Hawk Aircraft purchase case

Khushbu Kumari Jha
CBI registers case of fraud on Rolls Royce in Hawk Aircraft purchase case
CBI registers case of fraud on Rolls Royce in Hawk Aircraft purchase case

Hawk Aircraft Procurement Case: CBI said that unknown public servants misused their official positions.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has registered a case against Tim Jones, director of British aerospace company Rolls-Royce India Pvt Ltd, for defrauding the Government of India. In this case, apart from Jones, the CBI has also registered a case against two private persons Sudhir Chaudhary and Bhanu Chaudhary along with other public servants and private people. The case pertains to the fraudulent procurement of Hawk Aircraft from Rolls-Royce plc, UK, and its associate group companies including M/s Rolls-Royce Turbomeca Limited.

The CBI said that unknown public servants misused their official positions. The officials had approved the purchase of 24 Hawk 115 Advanced Jet Trainer (AJT) aircraft worth 734.21 million British pounds (GBP). Apart from this, the license was also granted to M/s Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) for the manufacture of 42 additional aircraft, for which the manufacturer company was also approved to pay an additional amount of $ 308.247 million for construction material.

Along with this, approval was also given to give an additional amount of USD 7.5 million towards the license fee to the producer company. In this whole case, CBI has now found that the British manufacturing company has played a game of big bribery and commission and has given huge bribes and commissions to unknown officials and middlemen in the matter of buying the airplane.